Improving Hamilton Health Sciences For Kids With Special Needs
McGuinty Government Investing In New Infrastructure In Hamilton Area
Ontario is investing in a new children's treatment centre that will better serve children and youth with special needs and support their families.
Hamilton Health Sciences will replace four existing sites with a new children's centre at the Chedoke Hospital site. 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 new centre is underway with construction expected to begin by spring 2013. The centre is 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.
- Hamilton Health Sciences serves more than 3,600 kids with physical, developmental, behavioural or communication challenges.
- 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 more than 300,000 jobs over the next three years.
“This new facility will make it easier for kids and their families to access the important programs and services that Hamilton Health Sciences has to offer.”
“This investment is critical for vulnerable children, youth and their families in Hamilton. Today's announcement will go a long way to ensure that children and youth can access important health services with ease.”
“Our children and youth are our future, which is why this investment is so important. We are making it easier for children with special needs and their families to access services in the Hamilton area.”
“Hamilton Health Sciences is thrilled that this funding will mean a new state-of-the-art building, purpose-built and fully accessible, to support the special needs of the children and families under our care. These children deserve the best care in the best facilities.”
Murray T. Martin