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Ontario Preserving Autism Supports and Child Care Spaces in Etobicoke and North York

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Ontario Preserving Autism Supports and Child Care Spaces in Etobicoke and North York

Province Maintaining Two Community Hubs to Benefit Children and Families

Ministry of Education

Ontario is seeking to preserve local community services for families in Etobicoke and North York, including autism supports and licensed child care, by proposing to acquire two facilities from the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) that would be maintained as community hubs.

Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education, and Sophie Kiwala, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Children and Youth Services, were joined by Etobicoke Centre MPP Yvan Baker at Silver Creek Pre-School in Etobicoke today to make the announcement.

This proposed investment would mean the full range of support services currently offered at McNicoll Public School in North York and Silver Creek Public School in Etobicoke would continue to be available for local families. Services include:

McNicoll Public School

  • Supports for children's mental health and autism
  • Licensed child care
  • Early years child and family support program.

Silver Creek Public School

  • Supports for children's mental health and autism
  • Licensed child care, including specialized care for children with special needs.

Community hubs improve the daily lives of people in Ontario by offering multiple services, often in a highly integrated, citizen-centred way and under one roof.

Supporting strong communities is part of the government's plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • The province is seeking to acquire the facilities from the TDSB through a land exchange. The school board would receive provincially-owned property in the West Don Lands of a comparable value for a future school site.
  • Offering more licensed child care spaces aligns with the government’s commitment to support community hubs that provide citizen-focused, co-ordinated services such as child care, education, health care and social services.
  • Ontario will help 100,000 more children aged 0-4 access quality, licensed child care in schools, homes, and communities over the next five years.

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Yvan Baker

“I have been working very hard alongside members of our community to preserve Silver Creek. With today’s announcement that the province intends to acquire Silver Creek, families in Etobicoke Centre can take comfort in knowing that we are working to maintain the services for children with special education needs. I’m proud to have fought so hard to protect what matters most to our community.”

Yvan Baker

MPP for Etobicoke Centre

David Zimmer

“I am delighted that our government is investing in supports for children with special needs and their families. This announcement is fantastic news for the North York community.”

David Zimmer

MPP for Willowdale

Mitzie Hunter

“Schools are at the heart of our communities. They function as natural community hubs. I am delighted that our government is investing in these former schools so that they can remain important multi-use spaces in their Etobicoke and North York communities.”

Mitzie Hunter

Minister of Education

Michael Coteau

“Silver Creek and McNicoll Public Schools are places where families come together to access important services. Purchasing both sites will allow these agencies to continue being hubs for children’s services, providing high-quality mental health and autism supports to the communities they serve.”

Michael Coteau

Minister of Children and Youth Services

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