Early Childhood Educator Wage Subsidy Program

This program helps strengthen the Early Childhood Educator (ECE) workforce by providing a $2 per hour wage subsidy to enhance the wages of eligible ECEs employed by licensed child care facilities in the Columbia Basin Trust region.

Employee Criteria

Eligible ECEs must:

  • be a resident of the Columbia Basin Trust region
  • hold a valid Early Childhood Educator, Infant and Toddler Educator, and/or Special Needs Educator certificate issued by the BC ECE Registry
  • be in good standing with the BC ECE Registry
  • be employed or self-employed on a full-time, part-time or casual basis by an eligible licensed child care facility

Employer Criteria

Eligible employers must:

  • be a licensed child care facility (eligible designations listed below) in good standing with the Ministry of Children and Family Development
  • be in good standing with the BC Corporate Registry (if the Employer is a non-profit society or registered business)
  • be located in the Columbia Basin Trust region
  • have a WorkSafeBC account in good standing (WorkSafeBC coverage is required for all Employers with employees and is recommended for Employers that do not have employees)
  • be receiving a wage subsidy of at least $2/hour from a source other than the Trust; and
  • continue paying ECEs their previously received wage, plus the $2 wage subsidy, to enhance the ECE’s existing wage

Eligible Applicants include non-profit and for-profit providers of licensed child care in the Basin region with the following designations:

  • Group Child Care
  • Multi-Age Child Care
  • Preschools
  • In-Home Multi-Age Child Care

Facilities designated as Family Child Care, School Age Child Care, Occasional Child Care, Registered License-Not-Required Care, License-Not-Required Care and In-Child’s-Own-Home Care are not eligible.

Please refer to the Childcare BC Webpage for clarification on licensing designations.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact ecewagesubsidy@ourtrust.org or 1-877.489.2687 ext.3689

Applications will be considered on a first-received, first-served basis until all funds are dispersed.  The review process may take up to eight weeks.  Employers seeking to have wages subsidized for the year 2023 should apply by October 25th, 2022 to ensure that their applications are reviewed in time for the new year.  Contribution Agreements will be entered into with approved Employers for up to a 12-month period, from January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023.

Contact us at 1.877.489.2687 ext. 3689 or email ecewagesubsidy@ourtrust.org to explore eligibility.