Wage Enhancement Grant (WEG) and Home Child Care Enhancement Grant (HCCEG) can help eligible child care staff and home child care providers by supplementing their income.

  • Child care centre staff can receive up to $2/hr increase.
  • Home child care operators can receive up to $20/day.

Basic eligibility

As a licensed child care

  • You have staff that earn less per hour than the centre based wage cap.
  • The 2024 wage cap is $30.59/hour.

As a licensed Home Child Care Agency

  • You have contracted home child cares that make less than the daily fees caps.
  • The 2024 daily fees caps are
    • Full time (6+hr/day) $305.90 in fees/day
    • Part time (under 6hr/day) $183.54 in fees/day

Applying for WEG/HCCEG

Please contact Children's Services at cs@lanarkcounty.ca for additional information.


If approved for WEG/HCCEG

  • We will notify you of the amount you will receive.
  • You will receive the funds via Electronic funds transfer (EFT).
  • You can pay eligible staff or home child care operators what they qualify for as part of their regular pay.
  • At the end of the calendar year you will complete a financial reconciliation for funding you have received.

How to continue receiving WEG/HCCEG

You must apply every year

  • Child care centres on behalf of their staff.
  • Licensed home child care agencies on behalf of their operators.

You must complete the reconciliation for funds received in the previous year on time.

Why does the Province fund this grant?

The Province's goals with this funding is to:

  • Close the wage gap between Early Childhood Educators (ECE) wages in the education sector and licensed child care sector.
  • Stabilize licensed child care operators by helping them retain ECEs and child care staff.
  • Support greater employment and income security for ECEs and child care operators.



Wage Enhancement FAQs

If you have any questions, please contact Children's Services at cs@lanarkcounty.ca.

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