In this article, we're going to cover the temporary wage enhancement provided by the Ontario government for direct support workers. This increase in support worker wages does not have an affect on the way you submit your expenses on MyDirectPlan.
The government has announced that it will be temporarily increasing direct support worker wages by $3 per hour in response to the pandemic. Support workers are entitled to this wage increase for any hours worked since October 1, 2020. For more information on this wage increase and the eligibility period please visit:
Understanding this Enhancement
In order to receive this wage enhancement, you must apply for it here.
To get this temporary support, you must apply by April 30, 2021.
⭐ On October 28, 2021, the temporary wage increase was extended until March 31, 2022. All eligible invoices need to be submitted no later than April 30, 2021.
You will be asked to provide the following information:
- Your child's identification/reference number. You can find it on the letter you received from the Ministry at the beginning of the year, confirming your registration or continued receipt of the program.
- The eligible number of hours your Support Worker worked, or is scheduled to work by month.
- Your banking information in order to receive the enhancement.
This enhancement will not come out of your available budget on MyDirectPlan. You will receive the enhancement through the application process linked above. The funding provided will be in addition to the funding you get from your direct funding program.
Invoices submitted on MyDirectPlan should only include the base amount you have paid your worker(s) and not include the $3 per hour temporary wage increase. We kindly ask that all questions with respect to the wage enhancement in regards to SSAH funding are directed to your Ministry Regional Office, as they will have the information necessary to best assist you.
Still need help?
- For questions on the wage enhancement and your total budget for the current fiscal year, please refer to the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services' official SSAH Program information page and/or contact your Ministry Regional Office.