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2017 Provincial Wage Enhancement Applications are Now Closed

2017 Wage Enhancement Business Guidelines

What You Need to Know Before You Apply For Wage Enhancement

Operators who do not currently have a fee subsidy Purchase of Service Agreement with the City of Peterborough are required to submit the additional documents with the 2017 Wage Enhancement Application in order to be eligible for funding.

These documents include:

  • Operating Information Form
  • Certificate of Insurance
  • Incorporation Papers or Business License
  • Current License to operate a child care centre
  • Current Parent Fee Schedule
  • Completed Electronic Funds Transfer form along with a void cheque 

All required documentation must be submitted before the City will make the first payment to the operator.  For more information on this, please see the 2017 Wage Enhancement Business Guidelines.

See the 2017 Application Changes Chart for details regarding changes to the Provincial Wage Enhancement for the current funding year.

What is Provincial Wage Enhancement?

The 2014 Provincial budget included an investment of $269 million over three years to support a wage enhancement in the licensed child care sector. The wage enhancement will benefit low-income child care program staff in the sector, help retain Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECEs), and support access to stable, high-quality child care programs for children in Ontario.

In 2015, the wage enhancement supported an increase of up to $1 per hour, plus 17.5 percent benefits to eligible applicants.  In addition, the Home Child Care Enhancement Grant (HCCEG) supported an increase of up to $10 per day for licensed home child care providers.

To support the government’s vision for a system of responsive, high-quality, accessible, and increasingly integrated early years programs and services, the province is investing an additional $16.3 million in child care in 2016 through the child care funding formula.

Effective January 1, 2016, consistent with the government’s commitment, the wage enhancement will support an increase of up to $2 per hour, plus 17.5 percent benefits. In addition, the Home Child Care Enhancement Grant (HCCEG) will support an increase of up to $20 per day in 2016 for home child care providers.

2017 will be the third year of the ministry’s ongoing commitment to support a wage enhancement in the licensed child care sector. The Ministry will continue to support a $2 per hour wage enhancement to eligible positions as well as up to 17.5% in benefits. In response to extensive sector feedback, the ministry revised the implementation approach last year by allowing for greater flexibility and reducing administration. The ministry received positive feedback on these changes and has made minor modifications for 2017 to align the approach with existing processes with continuing to support the goals of this initiative.

The ministry is continuing to provide a supplemental grant of $150 for each eligible centre based FTE or home visitor FTE and $50 for each eligible home child care provider. The supplemental grant provides operators with flexibility to cover salary shortfalls, and/or additional benefits. The grant can be used to fund additional eligible staff and/or hours in program, vacation days, sick days, PD days and/or other benefits.

Additionally, the ministry has continued its commitment to support the administration costs associated with the wage enhancement. Operators will be provided a small amount of administration funding that the City of Peterborough will allocate to support the implementation of 2017 Wage Enhancement/HCCEG. Details regarding allocation amounts for each operator will be contained in the 2017 funding contracts.

Need Assistance?

Public inquiries related to wage enhancement are processed through the City of Peterborough in accordance with Provincial guidelines.

If you have questions regarding the Wage Enhancement process and/or the completion of the 2017 Wage Enhancement Application, please contact:

Jenny Vreugdenhil, Information Management Assistant, Children's Services
705.748.8830  ext. 3222
jvreugdenhil@peterborough.ca

Wage Enhancement Inquiries

The Wage Enhancement Inquiry Form is to be completed for more significant inquiries related to the following areas:
*     Inquiries regarding the payment of Wage
Enhancement for a child care staff.
*     Inquiries reporting the misuse of Wage Enhancement funding for a child care site.

Individuals wishing to report an issue in one of these areas are to complete the Wage Enhancement Inquiry Form and submit to: jvreugdenhil@peterborough.ca. All inquiries will be receive a response in writing within 15 business days.

2017 Wage Enhancement Reconciliations

Reconciliations for the 2017 Provincial Wage Enhancement are to be completed and submitted via email by Wednesday January 31, 2018 no later than 4:30 p.m.

More details regarding the reconciliation process will be available later this year.

 

Purchase of Service Agreements

Woman Typing on KeyboardThe City of Peterborough purchases child care services on behalf of subsidy eligible families from licensed child care centres in the city and county of Peterborough. Child care agencies with an established purchase of service agreement are eligible to have their agreement reviewed once a calendar year.

A service contract for fee assistance is available to agencies that meet the following criteria:

  • Possess a current license issued by the Ministry of Education;
  • Complete and submit all the required paperwork and financial information;
  • Have been in operation for a minimum of one year;
  • Have access to the internet and have an active business email address;
  • Provide services to residents of the City or County of Peterborough.

Any service provider who meets the criteria as defined above may make a request to enter into a Purchase of Service Agreement.

The service provider will be required to complete a Purchase of Service Application as well as present all required documentation to Children's Services.

Once all documents and the application is submitted, the Children's Services Program Manager will review the package. The decision to enter into an agreement or not is at the discretion of the Program Manager and is dependent on available funding and local need.

Prior to approving a Purchase of Service application, the Program Manager will schedule a site visit to meet the operator and view the site.

Once all the eligibility criteria have been met, the Program Manager may enter into an agreement with the service provider.

Operating Criteria Handbook for Child Care Service Providers

Resources

For more information related to the renewal of your Purchase of Service Agreement Contract, contact:
Social Services Administrative Assistant
(705) 748 8830 ext. 3226

If you are a new operator and are interested in applying for a Purchase of Service Agreement with the City of Peterborough, contact:
Children’s Services Program Manager
(705) 748 8830 ext. 3495

At this time there is a temporary suspension on all new Purchase of Service Agreements with licensed child care programs due to funding pressures and the impact from the transition of 4 and 5 year olds to full day kindergarten.