Improving The ErinoakKids Centre To Help Kids With Special Needs
McGuinty Government Brings New Services And Infrastructure To Halton-Peel Region
Ontario is investing in three new centres that will better serve children and youth with special needs and support their families.
ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development will open up services to about 1,000 more children by replacing its existing sites with three new facilities in Brampton, Mississauga and Oakville. This will make it easier for families across the region to access treatment - such as physiotherapy, speech and language services, and occupational therapy.
Planning and design for the three new centres are under way with construction expected to begin by summer 2012. The new sites are expected to be open by spring 2015.
Today's announcement is part of the government's Open Ontario Plan to stimulate economic growth, help vulnerable Ontarians and build strong communities.
- ErinoakKids serves more than 11,700 kids with physical, developmental, behavioural or communication challenges. It is the largest children's treatment centre in Ontario.
- Ontario's 21 children's treatment centres currently serve more than 60,000 kids a year.
- In the 2011 Budget - Turning the Corner, Ontario's commitment to building infrastructure is expected to create and preserve over 300,000 jobs over the next three years.
“Once complete, these three new state-of-the-art facilities will help ErinoakKids meet the needs of kids with disabilities and their families - now and into the future.”
“With this new investment, we can help vulnerable children, youth and families access better treatment and facilities closer to home. This also helps us respond to our growing population in Halton-Peel and will create new jobs in the region.”
“This is a momentous occasion for ErinoakKids and the children and families we are privileged to serve. Our gratitude goes to the Ontario government for its responsiveness to the needs of children. New facilities will allow us to meet the growing needs of children with disabilities across the central west region, now and for the coming generations.”