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Helping Children and Youth with Special Needs in Ottawa Achieve Their Goals -Ontario Taking Action to Reduce Wait Times and Improve Services

Ontario is investing $400,000 in annualized funding in the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre to reduce wait times and enhance children's rehabilitation services for children and youth with special needs, and their families.


The province is investing an additional $5 million annually in children's treatment centres to expand access to physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech-language therapy for up to an additional 2,000 children annually across Ontario.

Ontario is also investing an additional $1.25 million in one-time funding to help children's treatment centres further reduce waitlists for assessments.

Improving access to services for children and youth with special needs is part of the government's plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic business climate.


"Our government has heard from families that waitlists for services cause a great deal of stress and frustration. This is why we are taking action to reduce wait times so that young people get the vital supports they need."—John Fraser, MPP for Ottawa South

"Ontario is committed to helping young people with special needs achieve their full potential. This new investment demonstrates our commitment to improving wait times for rehabilitation services for children and youth with special needs." —Tracy MacCharles, Minister of Children and Youth Services


-Last year, the province's 20 children's treatment centres, across the province, funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services provided service to about 70,000 kids.

-Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre serves approximately 3,901 kids every year.

-Children's treatment centres provide rehabilitation services to children and youth up to 19 years of age with physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, chronic illness and/or communication disorders.


Ontario's Special Needs Strategy

For more information, please contact:

Anne Huot
Director of Client Programs & Information
Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre
2211 Thurston Drive
(613) 688-2126 x 4344

Additional Information

Media Advisory 2020-08-27 MCYS-En
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