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  • January 19, 2015

Ontario Increases Wages for Early Childhood Educators

Investing in High-Quality Child Care

The Ontario government is increasing wages for early childhood educators and front-line child care professionals in licensed child care settings in Ottawa and across the province.

Starting this month, Ontario is implementing a wage increase of $1 per hour for eligible child care workers in the licensed child care sector, with another increase set for next year. 

The increase will help close the wage gap between registered early childhood educators working in full-day kindergarten programs and child care professionals in licensed child care settings. Ontario’s investment to increase wages also supports efforts to recruit and retain highly qualified and talented educators, and supports parents in accessing safe and reliable care for their children.

Supporting families in accessing safe, modern child care is part of the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.


“This investment is recognition of the vital work that early childhood educators do every day in Ottawa and across the province. It will help us retain valued caregivers and help ensure quality front line services for our children.”

--Yasir Naqvi, MPP Ottawa Centre

“Across this province and in the great riding of Ottawa-Orléans, we have hard-working early childhood educators and child care professionals who invest their time and skills in nurturing our children. I am proud of this government’s investments in education that ensure quality and reliable childcare for all Ontario families.”

--Marie-France Lalonde, MPP Ottawa-Orléans



  • Since 2003, access to licensed child care has grown by more than 130,000 spaces

  • In December, the government passed the Child Care Modernization Act to strengthen oversight of the province’s unlicensed child care sector and increase access to licensed child care options.

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