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Better Access to Services for Children and Youth with Special Needs

Ontario Opens New Children’s Centre in Cobourg

Ontario is improving access to services for children and youth with special needs, with the opening of a new, modern, and centrally located Five Counties Children's Centre in Cobourg. 

Minister of Children and Youth Services Michael Coteau and Lou Rinaldi, MPP for Northumberland - Quinte West, officially opened the new location at 800 Division St. in Cobourg this morning.

Five Counties offers a range of services for children and youth, including social work, audiology, and therapeutic recreation and has additional branches Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton and Northumberland counties.

The new location, which relocates two older Five Counties Children's Centre branches into a single, new and central location, has larger and more accessible treatment spaces, and provides a modern facility for children, youth, and families to access the care they need.

Supporting children and youth with special needs and helping them reach their full potential is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario invested $450,000 to help Five Counties Children’s Centre build a new, central treatment space, specifically designed to meet the needs of the children, youth and families.
  • Five Counties helps children and youth who have physical disabilities, speech disorders and developmental co-ordination disorders.
  • The province supports 21 Children’s Treatment Centres and helps more than 76,000 children and youth receive rehabilitation services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech language therapy.
  • In 2016-17, the province invested more than $500 million for programs and services for children and youth with special needs and their families.
  • Ontario’s Special Needs Strategy is helping children and youth with special needs get the services they need at home, at school, in the community and as they transition to adulthood.

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“Our government is working with communities to develop a more co-ordinated system to help children and youth with special needs receive timely, integrated services. With financial support for our partners at Five Counties Children’s Treatment Centre, we have demonstrated our ongoing commitment to provide these children with the help they need to participate fully at home, school and in the community.”

Michael Coteau

Minister of Children and Youth Services

“Supporting children, youth and families in Northumberland – Quinte West has always been a priority for our government. Five Counties Children’s Treatment Centre received $450,000 in funding to renovate space at 800 Division St. in Cobourg to centralize services under one roof. I want to thank the staff at Five Counties and the community partners for their assistance and perseverance in helping to make it possible for families to access the services they need in one place.”

Lou Rinaldi

MPP for Northumberland - Quinte West

“Our new site is the realization of a dream. It’s wonderful to have this bright, open and fully accessible site that allows our children, youth and their families to more easily navigate the building. The improved space allows our staff to better provide the level of therapy and support families expect from Five Counties Children's Centre.”

Adam White

Chair Five Counties Children's Centre Board of Directors

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