PPPW_knockout_text_web_v2.pngThe overarching goal of this campaign is to address the long-standing issue of low and inequitable compensation for early childhood educators (ECEs) in Ontario. We are calling on the government to fund professional pay for all ECEs in Ontario regardless of where they work. Professional pay should reflect ECEs’ specialized training, the value of their work and their participation in continuous professional learning.

No ECE should have to work for less than a professional wage and all ECEs should be recognized for their professional qualifications and practice.


For more information on the campaign please see http://www.aeceo.ca/professional_pay_for_professional_work

UPDATE! September 10, 2015

Campaign update! Let’s work together to achieve professional pay for professional work!

Today we are heading into the next phase of the Professional Pay for Professional Work campaign with the release of Regional Wage Scales for RECEs Working in Regulated Childcare in Ontario: A Discussion Paper.

This paper provides a platform for discussing regional wage scales as a solution to address the on-going issues around compensation in the regulated childcare sector. In this paper you will find information about what we know about wages in the regulated childcare sector, reasons for establishing wage scales, important principles underlying this work and a proposed framework for developing regional wage scales for RECES working in regulated childcare in Ontario.

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UPDATE! February 5, 2015

The AECEO is collecting reactions to the $1 an hour wage enhancement and will be monitoring the implementation of this new grant. We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available.

AECEO and OCBCC Fact Sheet

There are a number of resources on the wage enhancement that you can now access through the Ontario government :

ELCC memo

Questions and Answers  

Ontario Child Care Service Management and Funding Guideline 2015

For Immediate Release

AECEO Response to $1 Wage Increase Announcement - Toronto – January 20, 2015 

Investing in our child care workforce is essential.

Investing in our child care workforce is essential. Research shows that the quality of early childhood education and care programs is associated with the wages of the workforce and wages are a key factor in the recruitment and retention of trained early childhood educators. 

We were therefore encouraged by the provincial government’s announcement to move forward to implement the wage enhancement of $1 per hour for eligible child care staff in the licensed child care sector. The goal of reducing the wage gap between staff in the licensed child care sector and those working in the public education system is laudable. Also to be applauded is recognition of the need to improve wages for the child care workforce while at the same time protecting parent fees. 

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click here to download pdf version

To Read more on our Professional Pay for Professional Work Campaign, visit our page




  • Featured event

    Continuing the Movement for the ECE Workforce

    This discussion panel will extend on the conversations that began at the 2015 Early Learning and Child Care Conference and focus on solutions for professional pay for professional work for the ECE workforce.

    Panelists will explore solutions and challenges from their positions in the ECEC sector followed by a moderated discussion and questions from participants. Join the discussion and be part of the movement to achieve professional pay for professional work for all ECEs in Ontario.

    Confirmed Panelists:

    Martha Friendly
    Executive Director, Childcare Research and Resource
    Laura Coulman
    Child Care Planning and Policy Analyst Child Care Services, County of Wellington
    Nancy Dickieson
    Director, Children’s Services, Community Services, Region of Waterloo
    Shani Halfon
    Interim Coordinator, Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario
    Moderated by Goranka Vukelich
    Chair of Child, Youth & Community Development, Conestoga College
    Saturday November 28th, 2015
    9:30am – 12:00pm
    Conestoga College, Blue Room
    299 Doon Valley Drive
    Kitchener, ON

    Take part in the live discussion via twitter using hashtag #propay4eces





    Click Here to Register on The Early Childhood Professional Resource Centre

    November 28, 2015 at 9:30am
    Conestoga College, Blue Room
  • Latest from the blog

    A national child care system...“because it’s 2015”

    Martha Friendly, November 9, 2015

    The best line of the Trudeau government’s first day— widely reported and praised in the international media—was the new PM’s.  In response to a reporter’s question about why he’d chosen to create a gender-parity cabinet, he rather matter of factly observed “because it’s 2015”.  This ostensibly simple statement summed up a complexity of attitudes, beliefs and even world views in three words.  For those feminists who remain doggedly optimistic after a decade nasty enough to slay the optimism of Anne of Green Gables, it raised hopes that the first day’s lustre could foreshadow more significant changes to come.

    Read more on Child Care Now Blog

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  • Donate

    We Need YOU!

    $1,490.00 raised
    GOAL: $10,000.00

    The AECEO launched the Professional Pay for Professional Work campaign last year and we need your support to help build the momentum we have already started.  We want to visit as many communities as possible to engage ECE professionals, employers and local government in discussions on improving ECE wages. 

    This will only be possible with your help. 

    Click here for more information on our Professional Pay for Professional Work Campaign

    If you would like to send in your donation by mail, please download the donation form here