Ford Government Finally Supports The Child Care Sector
The Ford government says that they are now supporting child care professionals by increasing their wage.
After months of citizens protesting for the Ontario government to support education and autism programs, the government has made a new move in the child care sector.
In a press release, they state, "Ontario’s government is protecting what matters most through support for child care professionals that will ensure our province provides the very best child care options for parents and families."
The salary for eligible staff working in licensed child care program or agency will see an increased of up to $2 per hour, while home child care providers working with a license child care agency can apply for a grant of up to $20 a day.
According to the press release, the average child care sector worker would receive $3,700 annually through wage enhancement funding.
This investment is suppose to help to retaining more registered early childhood educators and other qualified professionals
“Registered early childhood educators and child care professionals provide Ontario families with a vital service and start our children on a lifelong journey of learning,” said Education Minister Lisa Thompson, who announced the wage enhancement funding today. “We are recognizing the important work they do and ensuring that Ontario families continue to benefit from their skills and expertise.”
As part of the 2019 Budget, the province introduced the new Ontario Child Care Access and Relief from Expenses (CARE) tax credit that will provide about 300,000 families with up to 75 per cent of their eligible child care expenses. The press release also states that the Ontario government is allocating $207 million to municipalities and First Nation communities to support wage enhancements for eligible child care professionals.
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