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Ontario Supporting Expanded Special Needs Care in Eastern Ontario

CHEO Breaks Ground on Expansion to Enhance Special Needs Services

Ontario is helping children and youth with special needs and their families receive better care close to home by supporting the expansion of treatment space for special needs services at the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO-OCTC).

Minister of Children and Youth Services Michael Coteau made the announcement today in Ottawa at the ground-breaking ceremony for the expansion. The new addition will increase the hospital's treatment capacity for children and youth with special needs and improve services for Francophone clients.

The expansion will include:

  • Six treatment rooms for specialized, therapist-led care for children and youth with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, congenital conditions, developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders and brain injuries
  • A new space for a French language pre-school program, which will give francophone children receiving treatment a dedicated area to learn, play, develop and grow

The project is expected to be completed in June 2017.

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Quick Facts

  • Ontario is contributing $600,000 towards the new addition at CHEO.
  • CHEO-OCTC is a pediatric health and research centre, which provides rehabilitation services for children and youth with special needs, including specialized programs for eating disorders, autism, psychiatric mental health, sexual assault, telepsychiatry and early language development.
  • The Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre at CHEO is one of Ontario’s 21 children’s treatment centres, which serve approximately 70,000 kids every year.
  • 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 Oakville and the Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre in Hamilton.

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“CHEO is a strong advocate for children’s health and community services. This addition will help children and youth with special needs and their families continue to receive the critical services they require in communities across eastern Ontario.”

Michael Coteau

Minister of Children and Youth Services

“This expansion will be a place for our teams to work side-by-side to help advance our vision of one door, one story, one care plan and one team for every child.”

Alex Munter

President and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre

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