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:
The wages shown above would need to be increased to keep pace with inflation and other developments since 2020.
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.
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.
Traditional and unceded territories
|Stephanie||Williams Lake||The traditional and unceded territory of the Northern Secwepemc Nation.|
||The unceded Secwepemc traditional territory and neighbours both the T’exelcemic First Nations or Williams Lake Indian Band and the Xat’sull First Nation or Soda Creek Indian Band.|
|Friday||Terrace||The unceded traditional Ts'msyen territory of the Kitsumkalum and Kitselas Nations.|
|Marina||Vancouver||The unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (TsleilWaututh) Nations.|
|Aryanna||Vancouver||The traditional, ancestral, and unceded lands of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam).|
|Lorraine||Mission||The unceded, ancestral, and shared territory of the Stó:lō people.|
|Danie||Comox Valley||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 Nations 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.|
|Gabriela Cervantes/PIRS||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.|
|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 kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem First Nation).|
|Sharon Gregson||Vancouver||The unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam Indian Band), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish Nation), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation).|
|Sheila Davidson||White Rock||The unceded and ancestral territory of the Semiahmoo, Katzie and Sto:lo Nation.|
The Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC gratefully acknowledges the support of Women and Gender Equality Canada.
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