Ontario Supports the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
$105 million commitment for new children’s treatment centre
OTTAWA - Ontario's government is delivering on its commitment to create better outcomes and opportunities for children and youth with special needs.
Today Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, reaffirmed the government's budget commitment of $105 million over six years for the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario's (CHEO) plan to build a new, state-of-the-art children's treatment centre on the hospital's main campus. The new building will house a hub of services called 1door4care, bringing special needs services together in one place to provide faster and more integrated care.
"Often families are forced to navigate a system they find complicated and confusing with little to no help. The services CHEO will provide through 1door4care will be easy to access and will provide high quality support," said Minister MacLeod. "Our government is committed to making life easier for families and making sure every child is supported by a caring society."
The new facility will bring together critical services like children's mental health, early childhood programming and autism services currently spread across eight locations under one roof, creating a hub for coordinated care. It will also help address capacity issues as too often children are waiting for months before they have a chance to access much-needed programs.
Services to be delivered include rehabilitation supports such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech language pathology, seating and mobility, the blind-low vision program, respite services and the Ontario Autism Program. It will also allow community organizations to be on site, offering additional support to children, youth and families, while increasing front-line staffing by redirecting facility costs spent on multiple locations.
"With this capital investment, CHEO will have the opportunity to reduce wait times for services, address capacity issues and optimize program efficiencies and quality while providing all-encompassing supports for families and children," added MacLeod.
- CHEO’s children’s treatment centre is one of 20 children’s treatment centres in Ontario that receives funding from the Government of Ontario.
- CHEO’s #1door4care project will create a single door to integrated care for vulnerable children and youth, in one location.
- Children's treatment centres provide rehabilitation services to more than 74,000 children and youth across Ontario with moderate or severe disabilities, autism and special needs every year.
- Ontario’s capital funding for CHEO includes the construction of a new six-storey building (approx. 234,440 sq. ft) in Ottawa.
“We are very excited, today, to start moving ahead with the real work of creating 1door4care - our new hub for kids and youth with special needs and mental health challenges. It will mean better service and shorter waits and will make life simpler for families who use many of our programs and services. This initial commitment from the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services allows our health-care providers and families to roll up their sleeves and get down to the business of working with architects to design a space that reimagines how we deliver integrated health care to kids and teens in our community.”