The BC government has committed to develop and implement an early childhood educator wage grid, both in its 2021 Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement with the federal government, and in the recent mandate letter of BC’s Minister of State for Child Care.
With this commitment in mind, the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC and ECEBC are releasing a new study showing that:
1. BC has fallen behind
In terms of Canada-wide progress toward an ECE wage grid; and in terms of effective minimum ECE wages
2. To be competitive and effective, wages in BC’s promised grid now need to be at least $30–$40/hour
Depending on qualifications, experience and years of employment