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) are eligible to receive a $1 per hour wage enhancement.
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.
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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:
- Receives Child Care Operating Funding (CCOF) and has opted in to the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative (CCFRI)
- Receives Child Care Operating Funding (CCOF) but is not eligible for CCFRI (i.e. preschools, school age facilities that do not have continuous kindergarten enrolments, and facilities that do not charge parent fees)
- Has been approved as a Universal Child Care Prototype Site
Information for Providers
How to Apply
Apply using the Program Confirmation Form on the Sign Your Funding Agreement page.
Child care providers can apply at any time. Note that the deadline to have applied for the Retroactive Period was December 31, 2018.
Applicants will receive two emails:
- An auto-response email containing a copy of the application form for your records. This email will be sent to your inbox as soon as you submit your application.
- An email advising whether your facility has been approved to participate.
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 and payment are at the organization's own risk.
Retroactive Period Payment
Child care providers are now able to submit a Monthly ECE Report for eligible hours worked during the retroactive period. Each facility will have received a unique link via email with instructions for how to submit their Monthly ECE Report.
Child care providers are able to submit claims for eligible hours worked in the previous month on the first of each month. For example, for hours worked in January 2019, a Monthly ECE Report can be submitted between February 1st and 15th, 2019.
Questions about payments
If possible, report hours worked by casual or on-call ECEs under each of facilities they worked their hours in. However, you may claim the ECE’s total monthly hours under the facility where the majority of hours were worked.
Monthly ECE Reports were emailed to approved facilities from BCMailDirect@gov.bc.ca – the same email address from which you received your 2018/19 funding agreement. Please check your spam folder or contact the CCOF program for support.
Beginning Spring 2019, you will be able to save the ECE information that you enter on your Monthly ECE Report for future months.
Where multiple facility licences are located at one address, organizations have the option to submit one Monthly ECE Report. Simply choose one facility licence to report all hours worked by eligible ECEs at that address each month.
Increases in additional mandatory employer costs that result from the wage enhancement (including Employment Insurance (EI), Canada Pension Plan (CPP), WorkSafeBC, statutory holiday and vacation pay) are covered through the statutory benefits funding.
This funding was initially assessed at 17.8 cents on each dollar. However, it was brought to our attention that this amount did not consider that vacation pay and statutory holiday pay also attract CPP, EI and Worksafe premiums, which result in a cost of 18.57 cents on the dollar.
The statutory benefits funding amount has now been adjusted to 18.57% moving forward. Providers will also be reimbursed the difference for past payments.
More questions will be added.