Advancing Pandemic Recovery and Gender Equality in BC

With funding from Women and Gender Equality Canada we are undertaking a 30 month project to advance a competitive provincial ECE wage grid, which is key to achieving a well-educated, fairly paid and respected ECE profession.


A key leader of this project will be Ana Valle Rivera. Ana is a parent, graduate student, ECE professional development facilitator and consultant. Ana has many aspirations but her current focus is to inspire positive change in the early year's field through sharing a vision of social wellness and social justice for all.

With input and advice from a range of equity-seeking groups across BC, including Indigenous colleagues, Ana and the rest of the project team will partner with the Early Childhood Educators of BC and Pacific Immigrant Resources Society to engage ECEs in advocating for the full implementation of a provincial ECE wage grid as recommended in the Roadmap to $10aDay. Based on the Next Step report, published with ECEBC, our recommended wage grid:

  • Is competitive (offering wages comparable to similarly-qualified professionals including Strong Start facilitators in the current school system).

  • Reflects and respects qualifications, experience, gender parity and equity.

  • Encourages, and compensates for, additional education.

  • Is regularly reviewed, updated and increased as required to ensure it remains competitive and equitable.

  • Is publicly funded, and integrated with overall child care policy, recognizing and funding child care as a system.

  • Is part of an overall strategy to improve wages, benefits, and working conditions of ECE professionals.

What's a wage grid?

A wage grid is a type of scale where wages go up based both on qualifications/nature of the position (Levels), and other factors like years of service (Steps). It helps make sure fair wages are paid to all educators and that these wages increase in a consistent and transparent way.

Here's an example of a wage grid from the Next Step report (with 2020 wages; wages in a 2023 grid will need to be significantly higher):


As part of this project, we are currently analyzing wage grids and wage supports used by other provinces and territories across Canada, to inform updated figures for the example grid above.

Through this project we're working to advance pandemic recovery, gender equality, and a broader paradigm shift where we respect young children and the professionals who support their early care and learning.

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Project Advisory Committee

We, the Wage Grid Advisory Committee, acknowledge that we gather to do our work from the various traditional and unceded territories of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. We recognize the rights and importance of Indigenous people's connection and protection of the land, water and community. We thank the various Indigenous nations who continue to live on these lands and care for them, along with the waters and all that is above and below. We hold our hands up to the stewards of the lands, waters and sovereign nations whose territories where we each live on. We acknowledge our responsibilities to care for the lands which we inhabit as settlers.

Committee Member


Traditional and unceded territories

Friday Terrace  The unceded traditional Ts'msyen territory of the Kitsumkalum and Kitselas Nations.
Aryanna Vancouver  The traditional, ancestral, and unceded lands of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam).
Lorraine Mission The unceded territory of the K'ómoks First Nation
Shafani Vancouver  The traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.
Kristi Revelstoke  The Sinixt, the Ktunaxa, the Secwépemc and the Syilx Peoples.
Nadine West Kelowna The traditional territory of the Westbank First Nation and the unceded traditional territory of the Okanagan (Syilx) people.
Chinazor Victoria The unceded territory of the Lekwungen people also known as the Songhees and Esquimalt First nations.
Arlene Burnaby The ancestral and unceded homelands of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ (Halkomelem) and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) speaking peoples.
Monica Abbotsford The traditional and unceded territories of the Sema:th and Mathxwi First Nations, of the Stó:lō nation.
Christine Salmo The Traditional Territories of the Sinixt peoples.
Melissa Kelowna The traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan Peoples and Westbank First Nation.
Cindy Kamloops Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc territory, situated within the unceded ancestral lands of the Secwépemc Nation

Partner Organization Representatives


Gabriela Cervantes

Pacific Immigrant Resources Society

Vancouver The unceded, traditional, and ancestral territory of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

Cari Rawling

Early Childhood Educators of BC

Quesnel The traditional territory of the Lhtako Dene.

Sheila Davidson

Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC

White Rock The unceded and ancestral territory of the Semiahmoo, Katzie and Sto:lo Nation.

Colleen Jacyna

Métis Nation BC

Oliver The unceded, ancestral territory of the Syilx Okanagan People and home to my closest chartered community the South Okanagan Similkameen Metis Association

Consulting Team

Ana Valle Rivera Coquitlam The traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem First Nation).
Lynell Anderson Coquitlam The traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.
Sharon Gregson Vancouver The unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam Indian Band), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish Nation), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation).

Eric Swanson

Victoria The traditional territories of the lək̓ʷəŋən (Lekwungen) speaking peoples of the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations.


Updated February 2023

The Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC gratefully acknowledges the support of Women and Gender Equality Canada.