AECEO Responds to Wage Increase Announcement

Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario Media Release

For immediate release

TORONTO, April 22, 2014


"We are heartened to learn the Ontario Government has moved to address the issue of low wages for ECE professionals and other front line child care staff.  Research shows that the quality of early childhood education and care programs is associated with the wages of the workforce; in other words, if early childhood educators are well-compensated the quality of an ECEC program will be higher." says Dr. Rachel Langford, President of the AECEO.

The Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO) is the professional association for registered ECEs and has actively advocated for a Human Resources Strategy for Ontario RECES which includes better wages and working conditions.

Today’s announcement is a positive step in the right direction for all staff working in child care settings. Professional pay for professional work continues to be a goal for RECEs who have a specialized body of knowledge in early childhood and are held accountable to the public through a regulatory body.

The AECEO will continue to dialogue with government on behalf of Ontario RECEs.

Contact: Eduarda Sousa, Executive Director AECEO, 416-487-3157 ext 24

Click here to read full press release from Ontario government


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  • commented 2015-10-14 10:12:18 -0400
    It is unfortunately true that the Government’s funding for the wage increase extends only to the hours actually worked, not to the all hours that are paid – even Statutory Holidays are not included. Also employers now have been granted the discretion to pay out the retroactive amounts in one lump sum by December 31, 2015. The AECEO’s position is that all paid hours should be included in the wage grant and we will be submitting our advice to the government in the next few weeks. As well, an article on the implementation of the wage grants which outlines some of the difficulties and proposed solutions is in the fall issue eceLINK (

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  • commented 2015-10-13 13:51:35 -0400
    This has created a lot of concern for myself and others within our center. We have not yet received this wage and now will are being told that holidays taken within the past year will not have this wage increase reflected. Also, any sick days we had will not see the pay wage, Please explain this , we are confused,