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ECE recruitment, retention and training through ChildCareBC
  • Recognizing that a professional, qualified and well-supported workforce is foundational to delivering quality child care, in addition to enhancing pay, Budget 2022 includes funding to help recruit and retain ECEs by:
    • adding 390 more ECE seats at post-secondary institutions over the next three years (in addition to having already more than doubled the number of seats since 2018); and
    • expanding the Dual Credit Program to allow about 150 students in Grades 11 and 12 to begin their ECE post-secondary training, while earning credits to graduate.
  • Since the launch of the ECE recruitment and retention strategy as part of the 10-year ChildCareBC plan in 2018, the Province has made progress to ensure ECEs receive the training, support, compensation and recognition they deserve, by:
    • providing more than 10,000 bursaries to support nearly 6,000 ECE students;
    • creating 1,150 new ECE student spaces at public post-secondary institutions;
    • enhancing ECE wages by $4 an hour; and
    • changing legislation to improve oversight and reduce barriers to certification.
  • ECEs have been added to the B.C. Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Skills Immigration Stream, which prioritizes ECEs on their path to permanent residency and supports employers to meet workforce needs.