ErinoakKids serves more than 11,700 children and youth with disabilities and their families each year with a comprehensive range of family-centred services and supports in the areas of autism, hearing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language, and vision.
The new ErinoakKids facilities will be located in Brampton, Halton and Mississauga, and will consolidate and replace eight current locations. This investment in new facilities means that ErinoakKids will be able to serve approximately 1,000 more children and youth in optimal clinical settings each year.
"Once complete, these three new state-of-the-art facilities will help ErinoakKids meet the needs of kids with disabilities and their families - now and into the future," said Broten.
Minister Broten was joined by ErinoakKids clients, families and staff, and by her colleagues Members of the Provincial Parliament (MPPs) Bob Delaney, Kevin Flynn, the Honourable Charles Sousa (Minister of Labour), the Honourable Harinder Takhar (Minister of Government Services) and Peel regional chair Emil V. Kolb in celebrating this significant announcement. Unable to attend but also instrumental in advancing this investment in the future of children with disabilities were the Honourable Linda Jeffrey (Minister of Natural Resources), MPPs Vic Dhillon and Amrit Mangat, and Halton regional chair Gary Carr.
"This marks a momentous occasion in both the history and the future of ErinoakKids and the children and families we are privileged to serve," said Bridget Fewtrell, president and chief executive officer of ErinoakKids. "By responding to this critical need for new facilities, the Government of Ontario and our stalwart supporters have assured a brighter future with more and better access to critical services and supports for generations of children with disabilities to come. Our gratitude is enormous."
Planning and design of the new facilities is underway and they are expected to open in 2016.