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Raise Anticipated for Niagara Child Care Workers

Provincial funding of roughly $6.3-million being reviewed

Some child care workers in the Niagara region could get a pay raise, thanks to an almost $6.3-million provincial funding boost.

The region's Social Services Committee was told it's to bring a more level playing field in pay, and attract more workers.

Director of Community Services Adrienne Jugley says a living wage is one measure of salary.  "The other measure of salary, is that it should be commensurate with the education and accountability that the position requires.  What are the wage comparators for people that have to have 2-years of college, that have to be regulated under an accountable body."

Regional staff pointed out the current wage is 20.35/hour, and there's a goal to get it to $25.

Jugley admitted some people still won't be able to find child care, but they make other arrangements.

"Family and friends... I think that will always exist.  But the balance between informal arrangements and licenced child care in a society, I don't know what it is.  I think right now it's not balanced, I think more people would like it."

While she applauded the money, Councillor Sandra Easton is still concerned for kids who won't get child care.

The Public Health and Social Services Committee voted to accept the report.

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