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Provincial Wage Enhancement (PWE) Grant - Child Care Centres

Grants to Ontario Licensed Child Care Centers in
Eligible Areas to Improve the Quality of Local Child Care

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City of Toronto - Toronto Children's Services

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Grants to Ontario licensed child care centers in eligible locations to improve the quality of child care staff. Centers that opened in 2021 must contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended to enhance the salaries of staff who are licensed to provide care for children ages 0 to 12 years old in Toronto.

The Provincial Wage Enhancement (PWE) Funding has the following goals:

  • Close the wage gap between RECE wages in the education sector and licensed child care sectors;
  • Stabilize licensed child care operators by helping them retain RECEs/child care staff; and
  • Support greater employment and income security.

These goals support the Ministry's priorities to:

  • Stabilize and transform the existing child care system to increase program choice and reliability for parents and support consistent, higher quality child care services to support children's learning and development; and
  • Support licensed home child care agencies and strengthen the licensed home child care system.

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GrantWatch ID#: 164316

Estimated Size of Grant:

For information about funding amounts, see Page 8 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents, below.

Term of Contract:

The Agency shall pay the funds in addition to the staff's regular wage rate and all wage grants otherwise paid for the period of January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The eligibility for the 2020 Provincial Wage Enhancement (PWE) is based on three levels of assessment:
- Centre eligibility
- Eligibility of a staff position
- Eligibility of the person occupying the staff position

Centre eligibility:
- Must be a licensed child care centre operating in the City of Toronto
- Must have eligible staff positions
- Must submit all supporting documents, if applicable.

Eligibility of a staff position:
- Must have existed in a centre in a position between January 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020 (Not applicable for centres that open in 2021 and continue to exist in 2020.)
- For full eligibility, the hourly wage must be less than or equal to $25.75 including all existing base funding (excluding 2020 PWE)
- For partial eligibility, the hourly wage must be between $25.76 and $27.74, including all existing base funding (excluding 2020 PWE)
- Must include all eligible positions in the applications

Eligibility of the person occupying the staff position:
- Must be employed in 2021 in a position eligible for the grant by an employer who has applied for and has been approved for funding
- For full eligibility, the hourly wage must be less than or equal to $25.75 including all existing base funding (excluding 2020 PWE)
- For partial eligibility, the hourly wage must be between $25.76 and $27.74, including all existing base funding (excluding 2020 PWE)

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted no later than March 19, 2021.

Licensed centers created and operating in 2021 can apply for the grant based on the estimated number of hours to be worked.

Centers that are applying for the first time must contact Toronto Children’s Services for a User ID and Password.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

All other required documentation can be emailed to

Or drop off or mail to:
Attention: Faye Jose, Director
Provincial Wage Enhancement Applications
Toronto Children’s Services, 10th floor Metro Hall
55 John St
Toronto ON M5V 3C6

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