(Mississauga ON) – Today ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development announced that its new Halton region facility
will be located at the intersection of the planned extensions to Third Line and Burnhamthorpe Road W. in north Oakville across from the new hospital. The facility is one of three to be constructed as part of the much-needed and long-anticipated ErinoakKids redevelopment project, approved in 2011 by the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS), and being overseen by Infrastructure Ontario. The project will enable ErinoakKids to consolidate its current patchwork of mostly leased and retrofitted office and commercial spaces — long since outgrown — into three larger sites designed specifically for the care of children and youth with disabilities and special needs. The ErinoakKids project is the largest in MCYS history and the first multi-site build of a Children’s Treatment Centre in the province.
In addition to serving Oakville clients and their families, the new location will enable ErinoakKids to more easily serve clients throughout the Halton Region section of its catchment area, which covers 3,707 square kilometers and also includes Peel Region and Dufferin County.
The Halton facility will be approximately 73,000 square feet and situated on 5.2 acres. Features will include:
20 treatment rooms
Audiology, hearing aid fitting and dispensing area
2 gyms for physiotherapy, group therapy and recreation therapy
Snoezelen room, providing a controlled sensory environment for children with developmental disabilities or autism
Fully accessible playground for recreation therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy
Adapted fitness facility to enable children and youth to use a variety of fitness equipment to build strength, endurance and flexibility,
Youth drop-in centre
Indoor and outdoor space to support skill and hobby development as well as pre-vocational training
The Ministry of Children and Youth Services is fully funding the construction of the new buildings. ErinoakKids has embarked on a $20-million campaign
to equip the new facilities.
Construction is expected to begin in 2014 and be completed in 2016.
Check out a video and photos from the site announcement event
ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development is Ontario’s largest Children’s Treatment Centre, serving more than 13,500 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 600 staff and 10 sites from which we provide a comprehensive array of assessment, medical, therapy and support services that help children and their families.
The Hon. Teresa Piruzza, Minister of Children and Youth Services:
“Our government is proud to have invested in this state-of-the-art ErinoakKids facility in Oakville that will provide world class services to children and their families, as close to home as possible. It is part of our plan to build a fair, more prosperous society where every child and youth gets the chance to reach their full potential.”
Meeta Bains, Board Chair, ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development:
“This milestone in our redevelopment project brings us one step closer to realizing a dream long in the making – centres of care that are fully accessible, appropriately designed and welcoming for everyone who comes in our doors.
Bridget Fewtrell, President & CEO, ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development:
“For children with disabilities and special needs, our new facilities will make a world of difference to both them and their families. We are creating a legacy and vital resource for our community that will last for generations to come.”
Director of Communications
ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development
P: 905.855.2690 ext. 4301