Early Childhood Educator Wage Enhancement

As part of Government’s Early Care and Learning Recruitment and Retention Strategy, front-line Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) working in eligible licensed child care facilities receiving Child Care Operating Funding (CCOF) will be eligible to receive a $1 per hour wage enhancement beginning in early 2019 and retroactive to September 1, 2018. 

Another $1 per hour is scheduled for April 1, 2020, which will increase the total wage enhancement to $2 per hour as part of Government’s Childcare BC plan. Additional funding for statutory benefits will also be provided.

Child care providers need to apply in order to receive funding. Participation in the ECE Wage Enhancement is voluntary.

Find out more details:

Who Qualifies

Front-line ECEs (as defined in the Funding Guidelines), including those who are also owner/operators of a licensed child care facility, are eligible for the wage enhancement if they are directly employed by a licensed child care facility that:



Information for Providers


Read the Modified Funding Agreement and then fill out the Application Form.

Note: CCOF providers were emailed the Modified Funding Agreement on November 30, 2018. Providers can also view the Modified Funding Agreement through a link in section 4 of the Application Form.

If you experience any problems submitting the application form, please contact the CCOF Program. The Service Centre is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Application Timelines

Child care providers can apply at any time. However, in order to receive the ECE Wage Enhancement for eligible hours worked during the retroactive period (September 1, to December 31, 2018), organizations must have submitted an application for each of their eligible facilities on or before December 31, 2018.

Applicants will receive two emails. The first email is an auto-response email and will contain a copy of the application form. You will receive this in your inbox as soon as you submit your application. Please keep a copy of this for your records.

The second email will advise whether the applicant’s facilities have been approved to participate in the wage enhancement.

Note: Organizations are not required to pay the wage enhancement to ECEs until approved and payment is received. Any payments made prior to receiving approval or payment is at the organization's own risk.

Track Staff Hours

During the retroactive period (September 1, 2018 — December 31, 2018) providers need to keep track of the hours worked by front-line ECEs (including front-line owner/operators as applicable).

You can use one of the following tools or your own system that records the same information:

Getting Paid

One-time only Retroactive Payment

Child care providers will be able to submit a claim for eligible hours worked during the retroactive period starting in January, at which time claim forms and instructions will be added to this webpage. This payment will be administered through the CCOF program in January 2019.

Monthly Payments

Child care providers will be able to submit claims for eligible hours worked in the previous month on the first of each month. Monthly payments will begin in February 2019.