Provincial Child Care Wage Enhancement Grant



For questions, please fill out the online question form.

2017 will be the third year of the Province of Ontario’s ongoing commitment to support wage enhancement in the licensed child care sector.

The goals of the wage enhancement are to:

  • benefit Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECEs), child care program staff and licensed home providers
  • support access to stable, high quality child care programs for children
  • help to stabilize the Early Learning and Child Care system and retain Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECEs)
  • close the wage gap between RECE wages in the school board and licensed child care sectors;
  • stabilize licensed child care operators by helping them retain RECE/child care staff/home child care providers and;
  • support greater employment and income security.

As a committed community partner working to meet Halton’s needs for quality child care, Halton Region will administer the provincial Child Care Wage Enhancement Grant (WEG) and Home Child Care Enhancement Grant (HCCEG) for licensed centre and home-based care on behalf of the Ministry of Education.


  • The wage enhancement will continue to support up to $2 per hour plus 17.5% benefits for child care centre staff and home visitors and up to $20 per day for home child care providers.
  • 2017 WEG & HCCEG applications will be required to access the 2017 funding.
  • Highlights:
    • 1.5% increase on the wage caps:
      • $26.68/hour for child care staff and home visitors
      • $266.80/day for home child care providers
    • Continued supplemental grant funding
  • Halton will issue WEG/HCCEG funds to operators with approved applications starting April 1, 2017.
  • Up-to-date WEG & HCCEG User Guides now available as a resource for operators and staff/providers.
  • One-time WEG/HCCEG Administration Grant funding is available to operators & agencies in receipt of 2017 WEG/HCCEG funding to support some extra costs associated with implementing WEG/HCCEG. For more details, please complete the online question form.