Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario

Professional Pay for Professional Work


Our second video supporting the Professional Pay for Professional Work campaign is now available. Thank you to the RECEs who have added their voices and experiences to this campaign. After watching the video make sure to share it with your networks and sign the petition in support of professional pay for early childhood educators.

Our first video supporting the Professional Pay for Professional Work campaign. Please share widely!

The 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.

How will we achieve this goal?

The AECEO will work with the ECE community and other allies to do the following:

  • develop campaign materials to build support and generate awareness on the key issues
  • collect the stories of ECEs to highlight the profession and the impact of low compensation on individuals and the programs that they work in
  • develop background materials that explore and explain the issue of professional pay and professional work for ECEs to inform campaign participants and the general public
  • engage with the ECE and broader early childhood education and care community on how we should best resolve this issue
  • continue to advocate for increased funding from governments in programs and services where ECEs work that will support improved pay and working conditions for ECEs
  • continue to lobby the government to develop a comprehensive workforce strategy for ECEs that addresses equitable compensation and working conditions across their various work settings

Who can participate in this campaign?

This campaign is meant for everyone who cares about ECEs, values their work and believes that they should be compensated fairly. ECEs, teachers, program operators, parents, and other allies from inside and outside of the ECEC sector are encouraged to work with us to pressure the government to create the policies and provide the funding that will allow all ECEs to see real changes in their compensation and working conditions.

Professional Pay for Professional Work

By Rachel Langford, RECE, AECEO President

The AECEO’s success in establishing a regulatory college for Ontario early childhood educators and creating a legislated professional credential for ECEs was a fundamental achievement in our mission to improve compensation and career opportunities for all early childhood educators in the province. Now, with the Ministry of Education’s focus on modernizing Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) in Ontario, the time is right to initiate the next steps in resolving these long-standing issues.

The recent “You Bet We Still Care” report substantiated the need for better wages for ECE professionals if we are ever to tackle the issue of recruitment and retention. Yet there are many challenges ahead and varying opinions on what, and how, the issue of professional pay for ECEs should be addressed.

When the AECEO board decided to focus its advocacy work on Professional Pay for Professional Work, we knew that we would face many challenges. Some of these challenges might be called distractions.

In the case of claims for Professional Pay for Professional Work and a drive towards realizing this goal we will be challenged by both distractions and possibly driven to distraction by some roadblocks. 

We have identified three distractions that many of us have been vulnerable to and some of which AECEO board members have discussed. Some of these distractions may be hard to hear but it is important to put them on the table for discussion.

Full article


AECEO Responds to $1 Wage Increase Announcement - January 2014

AECEO Responds to Proposed Wage Increase Announcement - April 2014 

Related Information and Links

News Release - Ontario Increases Wages for Early Childhood Educators

Backgrounder - 
Early Childhood Educators Wage Enhancement - Ministry of Education, January 19, 2015

Other Responses

OCBCC welcomes action on child care wages, but questions remain and more support needed

Related News

Kathleen Wynne announces pay raise for early childhood educators - Toronto Star, January 19 2015

BC should follow Ontario in giving early childhood educators a raise: advocate

Issues that Matter - A caution about wage subsidies

Government of Ontario, April 22, 2014: Ontario Giving Kids the Best Possible Start 
Province Increasing Ontario Child Benefit, Improving the Quality of Child Care 

CBC News, April 22, 2014: Ontario Child Benefit Increases to be Tied to Inflation, Liberals also Want 
to Give Early Childhood Educators $2/hr Wage Increase 

Toronto Star, April 22, 2014: Ontario Liberals Vow to Index Child Benefit and Boost Daycare Wages




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