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Wage Enhancement

Child Care Wage Enchancement/Home Child Care Enhancement Grant

As outlined in the 2021 Ontario Child Care Management and Funding Guidelines, the Ontario Government has made an ongoing commitment to support a wage enhancement for eligible child care professionals working in licensed child care settings.

Wage Enhancement/Home Child Care Enhancement Grant (HCCEG) funding will help to retain RECEs and support access to stable, high quality child care programs for children in Ontario.

The 2021 wage enhancement grant will continue to support an increase of up to $2.00 per hour plus 17.5% benefits for eligible centre-based staff and home visitors. The HCCEG will support an increase of up to $20 per day in 2021 for eligible home child care providers contracted with a licensed home child care agency.

The wage enhancement goals include:

  • Close the wage gap between RECE’s working in the education sector and licensed child care sectors
  • Stabilize licensed child care operators by helping them to retain RECEs/child care staff
  • Support greater employment and income security


All licensed child care centres and home child care agencies are eligible to apply for wage enhancement/HCCEG funding. Eligibility is based on an application process.

Application Forms

To apply for the 2021 wage enhancement grant, please review the instruction documents. You can download, complete and submit the application form by February 25, 2021.

Please note that applications will not be accepted after the due date of February 25, 2021.

Please direct all questions or inquiries to:

Lynda Bartlett
Manager, Human Services
Oxford County
21 Reeve St P.O. Box 1614
Woodstock ON | N4S 7Y3