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Who Qualifies for Government's Early Childhood Educator Funding

The BC government recently announced a welcome new investment into early childhood education that could impact a number of non-provincially funded CSSEA employers.

This funding aims to improve recruitment and retention for front-line Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) and includes a $1-per-hour wage increase in early 2019, retroactive to September 1, 2018, for those who work at eligible licensed facilities and have applied and been approved for the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative. An additional $1-per-hour wage increase will be implemented in April 2020.

Employees may qualify to access ECE wage increases if their wages are set through local agreements negotiations. Programs where unionized ECE wages are set through the JJEP classification and wage grids currently do not qualify.

Employers who wish to apply for ECE wage enhancements must indicate to the Ministry they have a local agreement with their unions to amend their collective agreements in order to implement the wage increase.

Those who meet these criteria can apply for the ECE Wage Enhancement starting in December. More information, including Funding Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions, can be found on the government’s ECE webpage.

This is a very recent development and CSSEA will keep the membership informed of any amendments to the program, including potential changes to the qualifying criteria. If you have any questions, please contact your HRLR Consultant.

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