Improving Children's Services In The Northwest
McGuinty Government Helps Build Centre For Children With Physical Disabilities
Children with special needs in Northwestern Ontario will soon have access to better regional services.
The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing $1 million to the George Jeffrey Children's Foundation to support the ongoing construction of a new and larger children's centre in Thunder Bay. The centre will provide expanded treatment services for young people with physical disabilities and other challenges. This project is expected to create 15 jobs, adding to the area's growing health services sector.
- The 2008 Ontario Budget commits to increase funding to the NOHFC by $10 million a year from $60 million in 2007-08 to $100 million by 2011-2012.
- The Ministry of Children and Youth Services has committed $6.3 million in capital funding towards construction of the facility. The new 35,000-square-foot George Jeffrey Children’s Centre currently has a capital cost of approximately $9.6 million.
- The Centre will provide services, such as physiotherapy and speech language pathology, to more than 1,000 children a year.
“By investing in the construction of this new children’s centre, our government is supporting the needs of some of the Northwest’s most vulnerable young citizens.”
“This state-of-the-art facility will make it possible to expand services for children with disabilities and recruit new health professionals to the region. This is great news for the board, staff, families and especially the children who will utilize this building.”
“Our government’s commitment to children and youth with special needs in the North is clear. This new facility will make services more accessible, better coordinated and more responsive to the needs of children, youth and their families.”