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Empowering RECEs: Ontario's Progressive Minimum Wage Increase and Strategies for Childcare Support

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In a significant move, the provincial government of Ontario has recently announced a forthcoming increase in the minimum wage for Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECE), set to take effect in 2024. Education Minister Stephen Lecce has disclosed that the hourly wage for RECEs will see a substantial raise, increasing from $20 to $23.86. This proactive measure aims to uplift the childcare workforce and aligns with the new living wage standards in Ontario. This blog post takes a closer look at the details of this wage increase and the implemented strategies to support RECEs.
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Published on:  Dec 1, 2023
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Current Minimum Wage in Ontario

As of October 2023, the minimum wage in Ontario stands at $16.55. The province initiated a series of planned increases, starting from $14.35 in January 2022 and progressing to $15.50 in October 2022.

Living Wages in Ontario Explained

The concept of living wage is based on how much an adult would make before tax to meet the living standard in Ontario. These are the living wages across Ontario, derived from Statistic Canada’s geographic concept of “economic regions”: $25.05/hr in the Greater Toronto Area $22.75/hr in the Grey Bruce Perth Huron Simcoe region $21.95/hr in Ottawa. 

Strategies Driving Ontario's Minimum Wage Increase in 2024

Wage Adjustment for RECEs: 

Elevating the hourly wage for RECEs in child care operations participating in the Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care (CWELCC) system from $20 to $23.86. 

Expanded Eligibility for Increment: 

Broadening the eligibility criteria for a $1/hour increment to ensure a more extensive pool of RECEs can benefit from this initiative. 

Supporting Professional Advancement: 

Facilitating entry into the early childhood education profession and fostering career advancement opportunities for RECEs. 

Advantages for Employers: 

Providing advantages to employers, including streamlined processes and enhanced flexibility in program staffing. 

Public Relations Campaign: 

Launching a comprehensive public relations campaign to increase awareness and appreciation for the invaluable contributions of the childcare profession.


Ontario's commitment to enhancing the wages and support systems for RECEs marks a positive stride towards recognizing the importance of the childcare profession. This new development not only elevates the status of Early Childhood Educators but also positions the province as a welcoming destination for those seeking meaningful careers in childcare. As the landscape evolves, individuals considering a career in this field are presented with an opportune moment to contribute to the growth and well-being of Canada's youngest minds.

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