Additional information - Ontario


Details of the mandate, authority and governance of the College can be found here.

The Early Childhood Educators Qualifications Upgrade Strategy assists child care professionals working in licensed child care settings who want to upgrade their qualifications and obtain an ECE diploma. Financial support is available to eligible applicants in three ways: 

  • An Education Grant based on tuition fees minus any other grants or awards, excluding an Ontario student loan;
  • A Travel Grant to assist with the cost of commuting to and from school;
  • A Training Allowance to help with living costs while taking training, to a maximum of $5,000 per semester.

A College of Trades is being proposed in Ontario, which would be the professional body that includes apprentices.  Ontario has an apprenticeship program for ECE that accounts for 16% of all involved in apprenticeship programs.  The implications for the child care sector are not yet known.