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Improving Hamilton Health Sciences For Kids With Special Needs

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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.

Quick Facts

  • 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.

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“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.”

Laurel Broten

Minister of Children and Youth Services

“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.”

Sophia Aggelonitis

MPP Hamilton Mountain, Minister of Revenue and Minister Responsible for Seniors

“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.”

Ted McMeekin

MPP Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale

“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

President and Chief Executive Officer, Hamilton Health Sciences

Media Contacts

  • Julia Goloshchuk

    Minister's Office

    416-212-7159

  • Anne Machowski-Smith

    Ministry of Children and Youth Services

    416-325-5156

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