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 licensed child care facilities may be eligible to receive a $1 per hour wage enhancement.

Another $1 per hour lift is scheduled for April 1, 2020, which will increase the total wage enhancement to $2 per hour. Additional funding for statutory benefits is also provided at a rate of 18.73%.

Participation in the Early Childhood Educator Wage Enhancement (ECE-WE) is optional, and child care providers can apply at any time.

Parents and staff can contact the Child Care Service Centre for information about a facility’s ECE-WE application.


To apply, the facility must be approved for the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative (if eligible). Universal Child Care Prototype Sites are also eligible to apply.

Front-line ECEs, 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 meets the child care provider requirements above.

Review the full eligibility requirements based on the CCOF Funding Agreement term:

Apply or Renew 

Once Approved

Providers approved to participate in the ECE-WE are required to:

  • Notify their eligible ECEs and collect a written acknowledgement.
  • Distribute the wage enhancement and the applicable funding for statutory benefits to eligible ECEs.
  • Remain enrolled for the duration of the funding term.