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Helping Children and Youth with Special Needs in the Peterborough and Surrounding Areas Achieve Their Goals

Ontario Government Taking Action to Reduce Wait Times and Improve Services


August 27, 2014


Peterborough - The provincial government is investing $232,000 in Five Counties Children’s Centre to reduce wait times and enhance children’s rehabilitation services.


This is part of an additional $5 million annual investment as announced in the 2014 Ontario Budget.


This new investment will expand access to physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech-language therapy for up to an additional 2,000 children annually across the province, and builds on funding announced in the 2013 Budget.


As well, the government is providing an addition $1.25 million in one-time funding, divided equally amongst each of Ontario’s 20 children’s treatment centres, to reduce waitlists for assessments.


These investments support Ontario’s Special Needs Strategy which focuses on building a system where young people with special needs get the timely and effective services they need to achieve their full potential.


Ontario continues to work with families and community agencies, to improve services and make it easier for children and youth with special needs to achieve their goals and to fully participate at home, at school, and in their communities.




“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.”— Jeff Leal, MPP


 “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


“This investment in Five Counties Children’s Centre will make dreams come true for more children, youth and families across our region. On behalf of our Board, Staff and the families we serve, we sincerely appreciate the government’s commitment to work together to do amazing things for kids.” - Jagger Smith, Chair, Board of Directors, Five Counties Children’s Centre



  • Five Counties Children’s Centre serves approximately 4,038 kids every year.
  • Five Counties Children’s Centre will also receive $62,500 in one time funding.
  • 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.
  • In February of 2014, Ontario launched its Special Needs Strategy. Four ministries are working with parents, youth, service providers and communities to improve outcomes for children with special needs, including the ministries of Children and Youth Services, Health and Long-Term Care, Education, and Community and Social Services.






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