Regional Wage Scales for RECEs Working in Regulated Childcare in Ontario


A Discussion Paper

September 10, 2015

Regional Wage Scales for RECEs Working in Regulated Childcare in Ontario: A Discussion 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.

We want to hear how regional wage scales would impact you.

This paper is a public document and can be reprinted and used within your work settings and communities. We encourage you to share this document with your colleagues, employers, community leaders, and political representatives. Our goal in the mid term is to facilitate in-person conversations around this document. In the short term we invite you to post your thoughts and questions below and encourage others to do the same.

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What opportunities and challenges do you foresee in this process?

How much do you think RECEs should earn?

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  • Sophie Macaster
    commented 2019-01-24 20:02:34 -0500
    This a great conversation that hasn’t yet faded here in 2019. I think we’ve made some good progress. Thanks so much for spreading these issues and helping them to get solved!

    Sincerely yours,
    Sophie M
  • Dupe Akinsanya
    commented 2017-11-30 14:18:34 -0500
    We have RECEs that work in nothing less than 72 Care for Newcomer Children Programs across the province. Although, some of these programs are unlicensed, nevertheless, they are being managed and supervised by extremely caring, responsive, and well- qualified RECEs with variety of experiences. How do we ensure these RECEs voices are being heard, they are better recognized and are compensated well with good pay?
  • Christina DeBartolo
    commented 2017-07-27 23:06:24 -0400
    RECE’s should be paid minimum $21-$25/hr. with the constant upgrading of paying and participating in workshops and having the biggest responsibility of taking care of another human being should be valued and respected and should be rewarded with a proper compensation. Teachers are making $70k a year plus with summers off with pay. We do not have that luxury. $12-$15 an hour just doesn’t cut it and is a complete insult to the field and those who worked extremely hard to get to where they are.
  • Sherry Hunniford
    commented 2017-01-11 15:07:28 -0500
    I have been working in the field for over 20 years and my yearly salary is hardly enough to make ends meet. I have been working with the school board in Kindergarten for 5 years and I do just as much as the teacher / partner in my class if not more. I get no planning time but do most planning, I get all duties and I am the one who is always in the classroom and left alone often with the children. Sometimes the ratio is 1 to 30 and can be even higher with no cap. It would be really nice to recognize that this is a very crucial age in child development and children are our future so our career should be better paid and better recognized.
  • Ursula Davis
    commented 2016-05-16 16:02:26 -0400
    RECE should easily be making start minimum of $20.00 an hour!
  • Ursula Davis
    commented 2016-05-16 15:55:09 -0400
    As a RECE for 9 years, with experience working in a number of daycare centres…In my experience, and I’m going to be honest when I say it’s unsettling to know that other professionals from other forms of education like Child and youth workers and others of a similar post educational background are working in RECE positions without an actual ECE diploma . We RECE have to pay into the college $150.00 every year just to be able to refer to ourselves as ECE or RECE professionals and also to be able to work in a daycare centre. It’s frustrating when I hear non- RECE working in a position I went to school for and pay into every year to the college, and those non-RECE childcare providers also end up getting the early childhood education wage increase. I often hear my fellow RECEers looking for work but there are very few ECE positions available. Let’s look at the bigger picture here. Time for things to change.
  • Dan-bi Lee
    commented 2016-03-18 10:39:13 -0400
    I am holding my ECE diploma from Centennial college in Toronto, but could not find a quality centre that treated a new grad as enough as I expected. I got paid $14 and started as a supply teacher. I heard one of my other coworkers had been working as a supply for last 8years but could not get a full time position although with that little wage. I got a job offer from BC which would be willing to pay me $18.50(start) with full benefits and medical insurance. I felt very stable and happy with what I was doing. However, I had to leave yhat heavenly job due to my family plan in Toronto. I feel anxious and stressful to find a right position in Toronto and there are unbelievably high volume of competition as I cannot even mention how much I would like to get paid. Ontario isn’t a great territory for ECE professionals, and I hope there must be a lot changes on our field. Unless myself would concern to change career in the near future.
  • Chelsea Dault
    commented 2016-03-02 10:49:53 -0500
    I first graduated from Humber College with an ECE Diploma. I then graduated from Sheridan College with a Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership. When entering the field – there is NO benefit whatsoever to holding a degree if you pursue a position as a Registered Early Childhood Educator. I know for certain that my pedagogy and professionalism are at a much higher level after completing my degree versus completing my diploma – but this is a personal experience, and perhaps for others a diploma did for them what my degree for me. Just my thoughts!
  • Titi Ohiku
    commented 2016-02-16 14:09:45 -0500
    Truly it is a sad state!!! To see a student pile up on student loans after a two year diploma degree, and only to graduate and be offered $12 to $15/Hr. It is such a sad state for all of us in this professsion. Some urgent changes need to be done asap. I am one of those professsionals , that has an accounting background, but was spiritually called into this field by volunteering in the children’s dept of my church, and since then, the love and wellbeling of children has been my priority. However, this pay situation is very horrible!. I don’t see any reason why an ECE will be working together with a teacher who get paid all the hours worked, including the summer and christmas break, but the the ECE is left out with nothing. This is indeed discrimination against humanity. I just can’t comprehend. We really need help!!!!. I am one of those people that is planning to have a plan B, because i just feel like we are not rewarded for all our hard work. We truly deserve more than this. As soon as i join this organization, i will be a strong advocate and on the front line. (If you are reading this, i urge you to do the same!!!!) because this is not just right!!!!!

    Note: Please all ECE’s need to also voice out about this new CCEYA act, because indeed this act is not favoring the children, the family, nor we the ECE’s. It is actually engaging us to work in an hostile environment considering the new ratios. This also is another sad state, that i can’t believe passed through. WE REALLY NEED HELP and only our VOICE can do it. So go ahead and send your opinion to
  • Sherri Lee
    commented 2016-01-22 20:21:37 -0500
    I’m a ECE with YRDSB and we only get paid for 32.5 hrs a week..that is not even full time hours. also taking into consideration that we dont get paid for 2 weeks at Christmas time, 1 week on March break and 9-10 weeks during the summer months. Also the wages haven’t changed since the program started in 2010. something needs to be done as we are professionals to.
  • Zalikha Creating Together
    commented 2015-10-30 08:23:27 -0400
    Thank you Brenda for raising the issue of RECEs working in OEYCs and Family Resource Programs.
  • Katherine Wong
    commented 2015-09-11 23:00:35 -0400
    I am the first cohort graduating from Algonquin College’s Graduate Certificate in ECE Administration. My field work project was a 169 page report on Childcare Administrators of Ontario – The Quality Connection. Here are a few statistics:

    An ECE in non-profit child care in Ontario makes on average $17.50/hr. (40 hrs) = $36,400 year. School Board ECEs start $20.09/hr (35 hrs – 10 month contract) = $30,469.83 year. Municipal ECEs in Ottawa start at $46,191.60/year. The overall yearly salary of ECEs in the schoolboard is the lowest; they do not make a living wage. My research indicates that kindergarten teachers make $67,194.40 (35 hr/wk.), more than twice as much as the ECE. The average living wage in Ontario is $16.13/hr. (40 hr wk = $33,550.40).

    Manitoba Child Care Association Admin Salary level Guideline 2014-2015. Supervisor I- II, Director I-IV $43,197 to $94,099. Director-Supervisor level staff must have degree level training. Salary range for ECE – $37,438$46,798. Salary range for child care assistant – $24,462-$30,578. (

    Nova Scotia Child Care Association recommended minimum salary guidelines for 2014-2016 (40 hr/wk). It recommends Supervisors/Directors have ECE Diploma and post-secondary training and experience in management and administration (a degree). Director range of $47,283 – $69,222. Supervisor range of $39,811 – $56,118. ECE range of $32,240 – $45,489. Childcare Assistant range $20,800-$29,348. (

    In OECD countries (34 countries), most ECEs require a minimum 3-year degree level training. Many Colleges in Ontario are ramping up an applied degree program in ECE with bridging opportunities (hopefully with no dead-ending). I personally expect this to be the future norm, compensation needs to keep up.
  • Shani Halfon
    commented 2015-09-11 09:17:59 -0400
    Thank you for starting this conversation and for sharing your thoughts. We hope this will encourage others to do the same. The AECEO will be monitoring the responses over the next few weeks in order to identify common questions and concerns and begin to address them.
  • Crystal Curlew
    commented 2015-09-11 01:16:30 -0400
    Consideration must be given to those RECEs who have specialized training such as Resource Consultants and support staff/ program assistants as they did not qualify for the recent wage enhancement, although many are making far less money! They are members of the College of ECE’s and the AECEO so should be eligible for wage increases as well!
  • Elicia Zebroski
    commented 2015-09-10 22:17:07 -0400
    Until the Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments do something to make childcare more affordable there will be no way for the staff to get fair wages. Smaller owner/operater centre’s cannot afford to pay their staff high wages without increasing parent fees and parents can’t afford the fees as they are now.
    I’m an R.E.C.E. supervisor and cannot afford to place my 12 month old in infant care when my maternity leave is over and that is horrible.
  • Karen Chaplin
    commented 2015-09-10 18:18:03 -0400
    Federal, Provincial, and Municipal government need to collaborate for affordable daycare and good wages for quality daycare providers. This is the future of our country. The challenge is to assess wages nation-wide and even from city to city as cost of living changes pending where you live. RECE’s should earn similar to elementary school teachers as the work is similar in curriculum development, individual planning, parent-teacher conferences and the daily tasks to make this possible are very physical and laborous. There is mental strain in daily planning, emotional strain in dealing with parents and behaviour, and the physical strain of bending, lifting and transforming classroom spaces for young children. If the average wage for an elementary teacher is $50,000 then RECE average wage shoudl be the same.
  • Brenda Dunnings
    commented 2015-09-10 15:54:51 -0400
    Not all RECE’s are in regulated childcare. I work in one of 105 Ontario Early Years Centre’s and we are not regulated nor licensed. There are also many Family Resource Programs that hire R.E.C.E’s. How does all this pertain to myself and my fellow “unregulated” professionals?