Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Redevelopment Project
Ontario is committing $105 million over six years to the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) for the construction of a new six-storey children's treatment centre (approx. 234,440 sq. ft.) in Ottawa.
CHEO's children's treatment centre is a leader in eastern Ontario in delivering services for children with special needs. The agency delivers autism services, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, audiology, speech language pathology, social work, psychology, and physician services and therapeutic recreation.
The centre provides these services in eight locations across the region, which makes it difficult for service recipients and providers to coordinate services and to give children and youth supports as they grow into adulthood. Multiple locations create wait times and program delivery is inefficient.
A new, multi-purpose children's treatment centre will improve the delivery of rehabilitation services and provide all-encompassing supports for families of children with special needs. CHEO will have the opportunity to reduce wait times for services, address capacity issues and optimize program efficiencies.
The new facility will make services easier to access and help build and improve the range of services for young people with special needs at every stage of a child's development. Other benefits include:
- Increased front-line staffing by redirecting duplicated facility costs spent on multiple locations;
- More coordinated services through a "hub" of care; and
- Clinical services under one roof, so parents of kids with complex needs have access to coordinated, specialized care.
CHEO's children's treatment centre is one of 20 children's treatment centres in Ontario that receive funding from the Government of Ontario.
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:
- The Ontario Autism Program,
- 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.