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Ministry of Children and Family Development

Government Communications and Public Engagement
250 360-6597


Facts about early learning and child care in B.C.
  • Investments under Childcare BC are complemented by the B.C. government’s three-year, $153-million Early Learning and Child Care agreement with the Government of Canada, which was signed in February 2018.
  • Launched in September 2018, the Early Care and Learning Recruitment and Retention Strategy includes providing wage enhancements, on-the-job training opportunities and other measures designed to support professionals at the centre of B.C.’s child care system.
  • Eligible early childhood educators (ECEs) are now receiving a $2-per-hour wage enhancement. To date, the Province has invested more than $19 million to provide nearly 12,000 ECEs with a raise.
  • In addition to the wage enhancement, the strategy also includes:
    • $7.4 million over three years through the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training to fund an additional 620 ECE graduates at public post-secondary institutions throughout B.C.
    • Nearly $16 million to provide more than 5,400 bursaries to ECE students.
  • On April 1, 2020, the B.C. government introduced the Temporary Emergency Funding program (TEF) for licensed child care providers.
  • Starting July 1, 2020, providers who are open and have surplus TEF, after meeting all TEF guidelines and the Ministry of Health/BC Centre for Disease Control guidelines, are required to provide temporary wage enhancements or non-monetary compensation, such as training towards recertification, to their ECEs.