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  • August 19, 2013

Enhancing Supports for Children and Youth with Special Needs in Niagara

Ontario Government Taking Action to Reduce Wait Times and Improve Services

Ontario is reducing wait times and improving how families of children and youth with special needs access the services they need in Niagara.


The Niagara Peninsula Children’s Centre located in St. Catharines will benefit from an additional annual investment of $151,250 to provide children and youth with improved access to rehabilitative services. Children’s treatment centres provide a wide range of services, including physical, occupational, and speech and language therapy.  The Ontario government is also committed to expanding access to integrated rehabilitation services in full-day kindergarten classrooms by building on existing pilot programs, to help children with special needs transition into school.


More young people with autism will also benefit from improved access to Intensive Behavioural Intervention therapy, which helps decrease challenging behaviours, increase appropriate behaviours and promote development.


Improving access to services for children and youth with special needs and their families is part of the Ontario government's efforts to build a fair society for the benefit of all and help people with their everyday lives.



  • Ontario is increasing annual funding to children’s rehabilitation centres by $5 million to reduce wait times and improve access to services for up to an additional 1,300 young people.
  • Ontario funds 21 children's treatment centres across the province, providing service to more than 64,000 kids a year.
  • Ontario is also helping five northern children’s treatment centres improve their information systems so they can serve kids and families better.
  • These new supports are the first step in responding to recommendations from Tracy MacCharles, the former Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Children and Youth Services, on how to improve families’ experience finding information, navigating the system and transitioning from child and youth to adult services.



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