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Helping More Children and Families in North Bay

Province Supporting New Treatment Centre for Northeastern Ontario Families

Ontario is helping more families in Northeastern Ontario receive better mental health and developmental services for their children closer to home by supporting a new treatment centre in North Bay. 

Today, Hands, TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca, a North Bay-based child and family services organization, celebrated the ground-breaking of its new North East Ontario Family Help and Treatment Centre. The facility will allow the organization to provide even more families in the region with access to critical programming, including autism services, child and youth mental health counselling and prenatal, infant and child development services.

The new facility will be fully accessible and will have more treatment rooms, video conferencing capabilities and additional space to accommodate services delivered by community partners.  

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Quick Facts

  • Hands, TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca provides services to more than 9,000 families in Parry Sound, Nipissing, Muskoka, North Bay and across northern Ontario. It also employs more than 230 staff.
  • Ontario is investing $3.2 million in capital funding to Hands to build a new, larger and more accessible facility to better deliver developmental and clinical services for children, youth and families. This brings the total amount of Ontario government funding for the project to $6.1 million.
  • Ontario has invested approximately $83 million this year for new, more accessible and welcoming health treatment facilities for children, including the ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development in Oakville, the Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre in Hamilton and the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

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“Our government is pleased to support Hands as it expands its services for children and families across Northeastern Ontario with the construction of its new facility. With Ontario’s support, more than 230 staff at Hands will be able to better deliver essential services to meet the needs of children and youth in the North Bay area.”

Michael Coteau

Minister of Children and Youth Services

“Our investment in a new building will help Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca continue its important work of delivering programs to ensure people with developmental disabilities have every opportunity for inclusion and independence in their communities.”

Helena Jaczek

Minister of Community and Social Services

“This new Centre will provide a respectful and welcoming space to support families who need help and guidance, both locally and across our region. We are incredibly grateful to our funders and to the donors who have generously contributed to our Family Matters Campaign and made this long awaited project a reality.”

Jeffrey Hawkins

Executive Director at Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca

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