Early Childhood Education – Path to Residency in Canada

The starting years of education for children are one of the most important factors for their further development. Educators can have a lasting impact on a child’s success as they develop through life. Childhood educators have therefore important roles in Canada. As the Government of Canada has even developed a special pilot program for residency. Thinking of becoming an Early Childhood Educator? Below are the steps needed to set you up for success as an Early Childhood Educator in Canada.

1. Study at an Approved Institute

You need to complete an early childhood education program from an approved institute in Canada. You may get either a certificate, diploma, or degree upon completion of the program.

Below are some approved programs to study ECE.

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers 2 ECE Programs.

ECE Certificate at Saskatchewan Polytechnic

ECE Diploma at Saskatchewan Polytechnic


Vancouver Community College also has 2 programs that offer ECE.

ECE Certificate at Vancouver Community College

ECE Diploma at Vancouver Community College


ECE Certificate at the University of the Fraser Valley

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Study ECE in the beautiful city of Vernon.

ECE in Vernon at Okanagan College.


Early Childhood Care and Education Diploma at Capilano University

Bachelor of Early Childhood Care and Education Degree at Capilano University

Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care

Langara College

Early Childhood Education Certificate or Diploma in Canada

2. Get ECE Certified

Graduates will become a certified early childhood educators (ECE). Training that is completed in another province can be used as credits to the residing province in Canada. The certification and related info can be found at the Canadian Child Care Federation website.

3. ECE Path to Residency

Early childhood educators fall under NOC 4214. The median wage for ECE is $19.20 per hour according to the Job Bank of Canada. The Government of Canada has even developed Home Child-Care Provider Pilot Program.

Please visit Home Child Care-Pilot Program Website for the most accurate and updated information.

Source: ECE Median Wage ECE Certificate

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