AECEO Submission to Ontario 2021 Pre-Budget Consultation

Our recommendations:

  • Invest an initial $375 million to develop and implement a province-wide Wage Grid for RECEs
    and child care staff, as a first step to implementing “Growing Together: Ontario's Early Years
    and Child Care Workforce Strategy.” A $25 minimum wage is required to immediately protect
    and respect the early childhood workforce and address recruitment and retention issues.
  • Immediately reverse $49 million in planned cuts to child care.
  • Increase general operating funding by $500 million to stabilize the child care sector.
  • Allocate funding to lower class sizes, ensure paid preparation time and collaborative planning
    time for the Kindergarten Team, and ensure a healthy and safe work environment.
  • Allocate $600 million to begin a transition to operational funding that supports low fees or no
    fees for families.
  • Fund 7 permanent paid sick days and additional 14 paid sick days during public health
    emergencies.

Click HERE to read our full submission.