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Provincial Wage Enhancement (PWE) Grant - Child Care Centres

Grants to Toronto, Ontario Licensed Child Care
Centers to Support Increased Wages for Staff

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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Toronto Children's Services

Deadline Date:

07/24/19 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Toronto, Ontario licensed child care centers to support increased wages for 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.

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.

To determine wage enhancement funding, see:
https://www.toronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/8f84-CS-pweguide_childcare.pdf#page=8

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164316

Estimated Size of Grant:

The center funding is based on the hours staff worked in positions that existed in the previous year. For a table with calculations for center funding, see page 9 of the Guidelines (in Supporting Documents, below).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Center Eligibility:
- Must be a licensed child care center operating in the City of Toronto
- Must have eligible staff positions

Child Care Staff Position Eligibility:
- Must have existed in a center in a position between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018, and continue to exist in 2019. Not applicable for centers that open in 2019.
- For full eligibility, the hourly wage must be less than or equal to $25.47 including all existing base funding (excluding 2018 PWE)
- For partial eligibility, the hourly wage must be between $25.48 and $27.47, including all existing base funding (excluding 2018 PWE)
- Must include all eligible positions in the applications

Child Care Staff Eligibility:
- Must be employed in 2019 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 $25.47 including all existing base funding (excluding 2018 PWE)
- For partial eligibility, the hourly wage must be between $25.48 and $27.47, including all existing base funding (excluding 2018 PWE).

Eligible staff includes non-program staff, such as administrators and directors, housekeepers, and custodial staff; program staff; casual or supply staff; summer staff; and supervisors. For additional information about staff eligibility see:
https://www.toronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/8f84-CS-pweguide_childcare.pdf#page=7

Resource teachers/consultants/ special needs resource positions or supplemental staff employed to support children with special needs and staff hired through a third party (i.e. temp agency) are ineligible positions.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications should be submitted online by July 24, 2019, at 5:00 PM.

For new licensed child care centers created and operating in 2019 that would like to apply, please email the office for an application and assistance.

The 2019 Provincial Wage Enhancement (PWE) grant will be paid by the City of Toronto Children's Services during the week of August 19, 2019. For licensed centers created and operating in 2019, payment will depend on application approvals.

Deadlines:
- June 24, 2019: Operator receives a pre-populated application form and makes the required changes to reflect the current application as per the instructions and in accordance with the guidelines.
- July 24, 2019: Deadline for submission of PWE application forms.
Application deadline does not apply to new centers opened after the application deadline
- August 12, 2019 to August 16, 2019: City of Toronto notifies operators of approved PWE grant amount
- Week of August 19, 2019: City of Toronto disperses payment of PWE.
- Within 60 calendar days after payment is received Operator pays all eligible staff for 2019 hours according to the PWE distribution plan
- Payroll that covers December 31, 2019: Operator pays final 2019 PWE to all eligible staff
- February 14, 2020: Operator submits Provincial Wage Enhancement Reconciliation by location
- Within 4 months of the agency’s fiscal year end in which the 2019 grant is received: If an agency has received funding from the City of Toronto in the amount of $20,000 or greater and does not have a Service Agreement, a review engagement is required, including a Special Purpose Report as a note to the financial statements. If an agency has received funding from the City of Toronto in the amount of $20,000 or greater and does have a Service Agreement, a signed audited financial statement is required, including a Special Purpose Report as a note the financial statements.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://secure.toronto.ca/csss/login/Welcome.do?SAMLRequest=eJxdkE1vgkAQhs%2F8C7J3LNDEthvRUBujVq0RrGlvCAMsXWbpzmL03xe1TZte5%2F2YZ2YwOtbSPoAmoTBgXs9lNmCqMoFFwLbxxLlno%2BGAklo2PGxNiRv4bIGMbXVBJH5RAtZq5CohQRyTGoiblEfhcsH9nssbrYxKlWTW7Clg5UfRVBKhLGVRV1klZYFlXmDe5JVo0iIHzAAhY7b1%2BoPVtXRhohZmSCZB041cr%2B%2B4d47vxt4D92%2B5778za%2F296lHg9YJ%2FXL2%2FXPurifg0jtfOBjKhITWXkoPIQK%2B6RMDG0Sx6wbiEHeyZFRKBNh3UWCG1NegI9EGksN0sAtbJTSNFmpwNv2lmLVQhMAI6X3P%2BQRLNl%2FFRTrOk%2F%2Fa8Cr3TxMy3asduhl%2BNEIeC&relayState=https%3A%2F%2Fsecure.toronto.ca%2FCSISOnTheWeb%2FWelcome.do

All other required documentation can be emailed to tcsfunding@toronto.ca 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
Telephone: 416-397-1262

For technical support, call 416-397-5555.

Grant Coverage Areas:

Toronto

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario