Ontario is raising the minimum wage for early childhood educators
Ontario is increasing salaries for early childhood educators to alleviate labor shortages. Ontario is raising the minimum wage for early childhood educators (ECE) to $23.86 per hour in 2023, up from the initially planned $20 to address staff shortages.
This was part of the childcare workforce strategy released by Education Minister Stephen Lecce in November. This increase is expected to position Ontario’s starting wages for ECEs among Canada’s highest from being one of the lowest. The province aims to create 86,000 new spaces by 2026 under the national childcare system, despite warnings of a potential shortage of 8,500 ECEs by then.
An agreement Ontario signed with the federal government to participate in the $10-a-day program included a wage floor of $18 per hour in 2022, with annual increases of $1 to $25.
Education Minister Stephen Lecce’s new plan calls for raising the floor to $23.86 per hour the following year and going up by $1 per hour after that, to $25.86 in 2026.
No matter where they reside, all Canadian families should have access to excellent, affordable, and flexible early learning and childcare, according to the government of Canada.
92% of licensed childcare centers and home daycares have already reduced childcare center fees for families with children by 50%, and by 2026, the average daily fee is expected to drop to $10.
These goals apply to all regions outside of Quebec, where there is already a well-established, affordable early learning and childcare system. There are currently regulated childcare facilities in nearly half of all provinces and territories that cost $10 per day on average or less.
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