The Government of Canada and GNWT are investing $4.6 million between 2022 and 2024 to enhance wages for early childhood educators working in licensed centre-based early learning and child care programs in the Northwest Territories.
Recognizing the importance of early childhood educators, the wage enhancements are intended to help retain and recruit early childhood educators. Licensed centre-based programs will receive $12,750 per full-time equivalent (FTE) in year one (2022-2023) and $16,250 per FTE in year two (2023-2024) based on staff to child ratios as required by legislation.
This two-year transitional funding, retroactive to April 1, 2022, will provide enhanced wages for early childhood educators in licensed centre-based programs until a wage grid is implemented in 2024-2025. In response to engagement with Indigenous Governments, licensed program operators, and early childhood educators, the Retention Incentive provides operators with flexibility to make decisions based on program and educator needs. The department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) will provide funding to operators who will then distribute the funding to eligible early childhood educators.
As of October 2022, the Early Childhood Staff Grant will be merged with the Retention Incentive to streamline staff funding. Eligible recipients will receive the grant for April to September 2022 and beginning in October 2022 will no longer need to apply as wage enhancement funding will be provided through their employer.