Apr 12, 2022
By Jane Brown
NDP Leader Andrea Horvath is promising to implement a minimum wage of 25 dollars an hour for registered early childhood educators if her party forms government in the June 2nd election.
The deal the Doug Ford Tories recently struck with the Trudeau Liberals to bring in average $10–a-day fees for licensed child care includes an $18-an-hour minimum wage.
But advocates have said that amount is far too low, and early childhood educators need to be paid at least $25 an hour if Ontario hopes to recruit and retain enough workers to staff the growing sector.
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath also says if she becomes premier she would work with the sector to design and implement a workforce strategy, including benefits, pensions and support for workers to upgrade their qualifications.
She did not provide a cost for the promises, but says the NDP will unveil a fully costed platform.