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Provincial Wage Enhancement (PWE) Grant - Child Care Centres

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

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Grants to Ontario licensed child care centers in eligible regions to improve the quality of child care staff. First-time applicants and centers that opened in 2019 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

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 online application no later than February 26, 2020
- Must submit all supporting documents, if applicable.

Eligibility of a staff position:
- Must have existed in a centre in a position between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019 (,Not applicable for centres that
open in 2020) 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 2019 PWE)
- For partial eligibility, the hourly wage must be between $25.76 and $27.74, including all existing base funding (excluding 2019
- Must include all eligible positions in the applications

Eligibility of the person occupying the staff position:
- Must be employed in 2020 in a position eligible for the grant by an employer who has applied for and has been approved for
- For full eligibility, the hourly wage must be less than or equal to $25.75 including all existing base funding (excluding 2019 PWE)
- For partial eligibility, the hourly wage must be between $25.76 and $27.74, including all existing base funding (excluding 2019 PWE)

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Pre-Application Information:

- December 12, 2019 – The 2019 PWE/HCCEG Reconciliations will be available on January 13, 2020 and due on February 14, 2020. All operators who received 2019 PWE/HCCEG funding will receive an email in January 2020 advising that the reconciliation is available and details for completion.
- August 7, 2019 – Centres that were licensed and began operating in 2019 are eligible to apply for the 2019 Provincial Wage Enhancement.
- July 25, 2019 – The 2019 PWE/HCCEG application is now closed. Organizations will be notified in August 2019 of their application status and approved funding if applicable.
- June 24, 2019 – The Province of Ontario has confirmed that funding will continue for the 2019 PWE/HCCEG program. -

The application and guidelines for PWE/HCCEG will be available to all licensed child care centres and home child care agencies on June 24, 2019 and will be open for 30 days. All Operators will receive an email advising that the application will be available and details for completion.

Applications must be submitted online by February 26, 2020 at 5:00 PM. All other required documentation can be emaied, dropped off, or mailed. Centres that are applying for the first time must contact Toronto Children’s Services at for a User ID and Password.

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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 dropped off or mailed 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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