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Current Situation

Halton Region is working with local licensed child care centres and licensed home child care agencies on implementing the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care System in Halton. Enrollment details have been shared with child care operators.

If you operate a licensed child care centre or licensed home child care agency in Halton and would like to contact our Children’s Services team, please email childcareservices@halton.ca.

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Background

On March 28, 2022, the Federal and Provincial Governments announced a funding agreement that will reduce the cost of child care in Ontario to an average of $10 per day by 2025-2026. The Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement includes $13.2 billion for Ontario over six years. This agreement will:

  • Allow licensed child care centres and licensed home child care agencies that opt-in to the system this year to reduce parent/caregiver fees for children under the age of six by 25 per cent, retroactive to April 1, 2022. Participating child care operators will further reduce child care fees by 50 per cent on average by the end of December 2022. There will be further fee reductions in 2024 and 2025.
  • Set a minimum wage floor of $18/hour for Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECE) and $20/hour for RECE supervisors and RECE home visitors retroactive to April 1, 2022, increasing $1 per hour each year until 2026, up to a maximum of $25 per hour.
  • Create 86,000 licensed child care spaces for children under the age of six by the end of 2026 in Ontario to meet the growing demand for affordable child care.

Halton Region is working closely with the Ministry of Education to implement the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care system to provide more accessible, high-quality child care to families.

Guidance and Resources

The following information is intended for child care centre owners, operators and staff on the CWELCC system:

Guidelines

To learn more about funding guidance from the Ministry of Education, please review the documents below.

Resources

To find out more information on the CWELCC system, refer to the Provincial and Regional supporting documents below.

Application Information

All licensed child care centres and licensed home child care agencies are required to opt-in or opt-out of the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care System.

If you are a licensed child care centre or licensed home child care agency in Halton, please complete the Opt-In/Opt-Out Form (PDF file) to notify Halton Region of your intent to opt-in or opt-out as soon as possible (by no later than September 1, 2022).

Licensed child care centres or licensed home child care agencies in Halton that want to opt-out can also complete and submit the following form to childcareservices@halton.ca:

On August 11, all operators received the 2022 CWELCC Workbooks. Completed workbooks should be submitted to childcarefunding@halton.ca no later than September 16, 2022. Please contact your program analyst with questions or to receive a copy of the workbook.

Contact our Children’s Services team

Do you operate or intend to operate a licensed child care centre or licensed home child care agency in Halton? You can email our Children’s Services team with any questions about the CWELCC system at childcareservices@halton.ca.

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