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; and
  • spend more than 50% of their working hours at the licensed facility providing direct care and supervision to children enrolled.

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.

Contact us at 1.877.489.2687 ext. 3689 or email ecewagesubsidy@ourtrust.org to explore eligibility and learn about the application process. 

Applications were accepted until October 21, 2021 and Contribution Agreements were entered into with approved Employers for a 12-month period, from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022.

Eligible facilities that missed this application deadline are being considered on first-received, first-served basis. Contact us at 1.877.489.2687 ext. 3689 or email ecewagesubsidy@ourtrust.org to explore eligibility.