Grandview Children's Centre Redevelopment Project
Ontario is committing $31 million over four years to the Grandview Children's Centre for the construction of a new five-storey building in Ajax.
Grandview Children's Centre is a leader in Durham Region in delivering special needs services for children with complex needs. The agency delivers physiotherapy, occupational therapy, audiology, speech language pathology, social work, psychology, and physician services and therapeutic recreation. It also administers the Campbell Children's School.
Current demand for services from Grandview is approximately 6,000 children and youth. By 2031, the annual demand is forecast to rise by approximately 31 per cent to close to 8,000.
A new facility will help reduce wait times, make services easier to access, and help build and improve the range of services for young people with autism. The new facility will help meet needs at every stage of a child's development.
The Ontario government provided approximately $330,000 in capital funding over 2017-18 and 2018-19 for planning activities of the Grandview redevelopment project in Ajax. It also provided funding in 2015 and in 2018-19 for a satellite site in Port Perry. Grandview has been approved to open an additional satellite location in a high-priority neighborhood in Oshawa.
Grandview practices a family-centred approach, which emphasizes collaboration with parents, other community agencies, educators, and physicians. It is recognized by the Ontario government for its strong partnerships across sectors as it builds community capacity and improves outcomes for children.
Provincially funded services and supports for children and youth with special needs are delivered through children's treatment centres that provide a range of programs and services including:
- occupational therapy;
- physiotherapy, and speech and language pathology;
- respite services;
- coordinated service planning;
- and services for children and youth with multiple and/or complex special needs, including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
To further support children with special needs, Ontario is investing in the construction of the Grandview Children's Centre in Ajax and the Children's Treatment Centre at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) campus in Ottawa. These investments will reduce wait times for services, address capacity issues and optimize program efficiencies in these centres and reduce travel times for families having to visit multiple sites.