BRAMPTON, ON, May 1, 2015 — ErinoakKids, the largest children’s treatment centre in Ontario, today celebrated the groundbreaking of its new Brampton facility and 26-bed Regional Respite Centre, the largest of its kind in the province.
“ErinoakKids is thrilled today to commemorate the start of construction on our new Brampton facility,” said ErinoakKids President and CEO Bridget Fewtrell. “This day marks a milestone not only for our organization, but for the clients and families we serve. Our children and youth will have access to better co-ordinated services to help them reach their true potential, and our most complex clients and families access to a first-of-its-kind respite centre in the province.”
Located at the intersection of McVean Drive and Castlemore Road in northeast Brampton, the new 122,000 square foot facility will house what will be Ontario’s largest respite centre for children who are medically fragile/technology dependent, have complex care requirements or autism. The centre will offer a range of services from day to overnight stays and, for the first time, 24/7 service. Here, specially trained staff, nurses and program assistants will care for children with complex care needs, providing a period of caregiving relief for parents.
“Supporting the needs of our clients and families is at the core of what we do at ErinoakKids,” said Board Chair Meeta Bains. “Our new Brampton facility is being built as a welcoming, accessible space so that we can continue to provide critical medical services, treatment and therapy for future generations of Ontario children and youth.”
The new Brampton site will house:
A warm-water therapy pool
A controlled multisensory Snoezelen room for children with autism or developmental disabilities
2 fully accessible playgrounds for recreation therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy
An adapted fitness facility
A Youth Drop-In Centre
2 gyms for physiotherapy, group therapy and recreation therapy
25 treatment rooms
3 therapeutic playrooms
A Family Resource Centre for staff and families
An audiology area for hearing aid fitting and dispensing
A 26-bed Regional Respite Centre
The Brampton location is one of three new ErinoakKids sites to be constructed as part of a much-needed and long-anticipated redevelopment project approved in 2011 by the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services. The project will enable ErinoakKids to consolidate its current patchwork of outgrown and mostly leased and retrofitted office and commercial spaces into three larger sites — one in Brampton, another in Oakville and a third in Mississauga. The facilities are designed specifically for the care of children and youth with special needs and will offer a variety of services, including: physiotherapy, occupational therapy, autism services, speech and language services, infant hearing and screening services, vision services, recreation therapy, social work services, and auditory verbal therapy and American Sign Language instruction.
“Today marks a significant milestone for families with children with special needs in the Brampton and Caledon area. As Minister of Children and Youth Services, I am delighted that the Ontario government is funding three new state-of the-art ErinoakKids facilities, which include the one in Brampton being celebrated today,” said Tracy MacCharles, Minister of Children and Youth Services. “Once completed children and their families will have better, easier access to the vitally important programs the centre provides.”
The cost of design and construction for the project is $163.33 million, which will be provided by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. The Ministry is also providing funding to support the acquisition of land, project planning and overall project management. ErinoakKids is raising $20 million – $15 million for therapy/treatment program equipment and furniture, and $5 million to support specialized services through its $20 million In My Dreams capital campaign.
In support of the campaign, two significant donations were also announced today. The Longo’s Family Charitable Foundation will fund family resource centres at each site, known as the Longo’s Family Resource Centre, where families can access resources to support their child’s learning development at home. Additionally, The Giampaolo Foundation has donated funds for what will be known as the Giampaolo Foundation Campus in Brampton.
Official construction of the Brampton facility begins on May 4, with the three sites set to open in spring 2017.
Bert Clark, President and CEO, Infrastructure Ontario
“We are very pleased with the progress on the ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development project. The start of construction means that we will soon see the project go from idea to conception. We look forward to continuing to work with Peel-Halton Partnership in turning the vision for a state-of-the-art children’s treatment facility into reality.”
Rosanne Longo, Longo’s Spokesperson and Chair, The Longo’s Family Charitable Foundation
“The Longo’s Family Charitable Foundation is delighted to support the children and families of ErinoakKids with the development of the Longo’s Family Resource Centre. By providing caregivers and families with the resources and tools they need to help children and youth with disabilities grow and prosper, we are building a brighter future for thousands of children in Ontario.”
Mike and Antonio Giampaolo, The Giampaolo Foundation
“The children and youth of Brampton and Caledon with special needs deserve a state-of-the-art facility that will help all children achieve independence and well-being. The Giampaolo Foundation is proud to support the development of the Giampaolo Foundation Campus, where children and youth can access the expert care and programming of ErinoakKids in a new space designed to give children the best chance possible to live happy, healthy lives.”
ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development is Ontario’s largest children’s treatment centre, serving nearly 15,000 children and youth annually who have physical and developmental disabilities, autism, communication disorders, blindness/low vision and hearing loss. Our mission is to help our clients achieve optimal levels of independence, learning, health and well-being. Serving Halton, Peel, Dufferin — and, for some services, Waterloo and Wellington — ErinoakKids has approximately 650 staff and 11 sites from which we provide a comprehensive array of assessment, medical, therapy and support services that help children and their families. For more information about ErinoakKids please visit www.ErinoakKids.ca.
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