Information for families

What is the Retention Incentive and what does it mean for the program my child attends?

The Retention Incentive is funding provided by the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) to enhance wages for early childhood educators at licensed centre-based programs. This funding is intended to help retain and recruit a skilled and qualified early learning and child care workforce in the NWT.

Will the Retention Incentive result in changes to my child care fees?

No, your child care fees will not change due to the Retention Incentive. Approximately $4.6 million in staff wage enhancement funding is being provided between 2022-23 and 2023-24 by the territorial and federal governments.