B.C. raises pay $2 per hour for daycare workers at licensed facilities
Daycare workers at British Columbia’s licensed child-care facilities will receive a $2-per-hour pay increase starting Jan. 1.
Grace Lore, B.C.’s minister of state for child care, says in a statement that daycare workers play a vital role in the early development of children and are critical for families and the economy.
B.C.’s Education and Child Care Ministry says the $2-per-hour raise and previous wage boosts totalling $4 an hour since 2018 will increase the hourly wage for early childhood educators to $28 per hour.
The ministry says early childhood educators who hold specialized certificates for infant, toddler and special needs education are also eligible for up to $3,000 extra per year.
The ministry says those with specialized training are needed to provide access to quality, inclusive child care for families.
The B.C. government launched a recruitment and retention plan for childhood educators in 2018, which it says has helped more families find child care that meets their needs.
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