News and Announcements
October 04, 2019
There is the potential for a strike affecting Ontario schools on Monday, October 7, 2019. ErinoakKids has made the decision, in the interests of safety and security, not to have our staff cross these picket lines. In the event that any schools choose to remain open during the strike, no services will be available at the schools from ErinoakKids.
ErinoakKids sites will continue to operate as usual.
June 17, 2019
ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development is one of the largest providers of clinically-based autism services in Ontario, and as such, has been significantly impacted by recent changes to the way the Ontario government funds autism services.
May 13, 2019
Here is the fitness club schedule for Halton, Mississauga and Brampton.
March 25, 2019
to learn about the service packages now available for purchase, along with what we’ll be offering in the near future.
On Feb. 6, 2019, the Ontario government announced changes to the way autism services are funded. As a result of that change, ErinoakKids will no longer receive funding from the government to provide autism services. In order to continue serving children with autism and their families, ErinoakKids must move to a fee for service model. Click here
to learn more about the new Ontario Autism Program on the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services website.
March 12, 2019
Do you have questions about the new childhood budgets and what services we will be offering?
to learn about the autism service packages we are developing at ErinoakKids.
to learn more about the new Ontario Autism Program on the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services website.
March 11, 2019
We are now accepting volunteer applications to support our summer therapeutic programs. Please visit the Volunteer Services
page for more information.
March 06, 2019
Whether your child is a beginner or an experienced ball player, there is a home for him/her this summer with Erindale Lions Little League. They have programs for every child and every level of play.
February 06, 2019
The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, MCCSS, has announced changes to the Ontario Autism Program. Please follow these links for more information:
Announcement – Feb. 6, 2019
Ontario Autism Program – MCCSS website
ErinoakKids will continue to offer autism services at our three sites. Details on our new service offerings will be available in the coming weeks.
January 18, 2019
ErinoakKids clients and their families are invited to join us at our Mississauga site for fun-filled evenings to try out different activities and meet new friends.
December 24, 2018
As of Jan. 1, 2019, ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development will take over management of contracts with existing service providers for the delivery of school-based rehabilitation services in publicly-funded schools in the regions of Halton, Peel, Dufferin, Woodbridge and West Etobicoke. These contracts were previously managed by the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs).
November 27, 2018
The Longo’s Family Resource Centres located at each of our three main sites now offer therapeutic items for purchase.
November 20, 2018
If you’re a parent living in the Region of Halton, you’re invited to take part in a parenting survey that will be used to help generate a Halton Parenting Strategy. The goal of this initiative is to create positive outcomes for children and youth living in the Halton area.
November 05, 2018
ErinoakKids clients and their families are invited to join us at our Halton and Mississauga sites for fun-filled evenings to try out different activities and meet new friends.
October 30, 2018
ErinoakKids is holding a resource fair at our Halton site on Staurday, Nov. 10 for information on available recreation resources in the community. Clients and their families will have the opportunity to try new activities and explore new interests like dancing, playing with clay and so much more.
October 23, 2018
ErinoakKids clients are invited to participate in our very first ROBOTICS program, which we’re offering in partnership with Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and First Robotics Canada.
September 26, 2018
The ErinoakKids ‘Have a Go’ Sport Series is an opportunity for ErinoakKids clients to check out a variety of community wheelchair sport programs with their family and friends.
August 29, 2018
Canadian music sensation cuts the ribbon to unveil Smilezone Foundation’s three revitalized spaces at Brampton’s newly transformed children’s treatment centre.
August 09, 2018
ErinoakKids’ summer Helping Hands program kicked off this week at our Mississauga site. The program uses Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) to improve hand/arm use in kids with hemiplegia, a type of cerebral palsy that results in weakness on one side of the body. The program helps children improve impaired hand and arm function through fun group games and art activities such as painting, treasure hunts and more!
May 10, 2018
Autism Ontario is launching their first annual Provincially Speaking Survey!
May 04, 2018
New 122,000 square foot site will bring services under one roof
BRAMPTON, Ontario – May 4, 2018 – ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development officially opened its new Brampton facility, which includes the largest respite centre in the province. The growing demand for therapy, medical and support services for kids with disabilities and special needs prompted the need to create a single point of care for families in need of ErinoakKids’ services. The Brampton site is one of three new, purpose-built, state-of-the-art children’s treatment centres in Peel and Halton regions.
April 27, 2018
New treatment centre for kids with disabilities to help meet growing demand in Ontario
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – April 27, 2018 – ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development officially opened its new Mississauga facility today to help meet the growing demand for therapy, medical and support services for kids with disabilities and special needs. The location is one of three new purpose-built, state-of-the-art children’s treatment centres designed to provide a single point of care for families in need of ErinoakKids’ services.
April 13, 2018
New centre is part of the largest redevelopment project in the Ministry’s history
OAKVILLE, Ontario – ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development officially marked the opening of its new Halton facility today. Designed to be a model for all future children’s treatment centres in Canada, the new state-of-the-art facility brings therapy, medical and support services under one roof for children and youth with disabilities and special needs.
February 12, 2018
The Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association will be hosting a U16 ‘Mini’s’ Wheelchair Basketball Festival. This free event is open to athletes of all physical abilities, ages 16 and under, looking to try wheelchair basketball for the first time and/or improve their wheelchair basketball skills!
December 12, 2017
Dear parents, families and caregivers in our autism community:
It’s my pleasure to connect with you as we prepare to close the calendar year.
Earlier this year, in June, I announced the new Ontario Autism Program (also known as the OAP). This new program is the result of the hard work and passion of many dedicated families, stakeholders, service providers, advocates, professionals and other experts. The changes introduced in June were focused on providing child, youth and family-centred services that offer families choice, confidence and consistency in the services they receive.
July 27, 2017
We are excited to announce the opening of a new and more spacious facility serving our Dufferin families in Orangeville, beginning August 1
. This site, located at 224 Centennial Rd.
(Units 8-11) in the plaza at the corner of Riddell Road and Centennial Road, has replaced our existing site at 60 Century Dr. in the Elementary School Des Quatre-Riviere.
June 26, 2017
Dear parents, families and caregivers in our autism community:
Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of announcing a sweeping transformation to how this province provides services and supports for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through the new Ontario Autism Program (OAP). This transformation will make Ontario a leader in this country, and around the world for autism services and support.
June 08, 2017
On Thursday June 8, the Minister of Children and Youth Services Michael Coteau unveiled the new Ontario Autism Program at ErinoakKids’ Autism In-Centre at our North Sheridan site. Under the new program, set to begin on June 26, all children and youth up to age 18 with an autism diagnosis will receive service that is family-centered, flexible and responsive to their needs, strengths and goals.
April 06, 2017
A letter is being mailed to all families currently eligible for IBI and ABA Services on behalf of Minister Coteau, Ministry of Children and Youth Services. You can view the content of the letter here
. If you have any questions, please contact Greg Ladyka, Program Supervisor, MCYS Central Region (905) 952-1907, 1-877-669-6658 x 1907.
April 03, 2017
Beginning April 3, 2017, families who receive Special Services at Home (SSAH) funding through ErinoakKids can submit their documentation through a secure, online portal here: erinoakkids.ca/ssahportal
. For more information on SSAH, please read our FAQ page
March 21, 2017
ErinoakKids is moving to three new sites in January of 2018. Information is now available for families about their child’s new site
as well as parking
at our new facilities. This information was also mailed to families in late March 2017.
February 01, 2017
Beginnning February 1, 2017, clients and providers will be able to upload all DFO documents (e.g. receipts, invoices, notes) through a secure portal on our website here: www.erinoakkids.ca/dfo
. Please bookmark this website for future use.
January 27, 2017
We’re excited to share some changes to our baseball program for the upcoming season. We believe these changes will strengthen the program offerings and bring additional benefits to our ErinoakKids families. Starting this summer, Erindale Little League will be running the registration process and day-to-day management of the Baseball Challenger Program. This is a change from past baseball seasons, where this was managed by ErinoakKids.
November 18, 2016
At ErinoakKids, the health of our clients, families and our staff is a priority. Clients, parents and their caregivers must refrain from coming to ErinoakKids if they exhibit one or more of these symptoms: ...
May 30, 2016
May 30, 2016 – (MISSISSAUGA, ON) – Through the Enersource Spirit of Giving Program, the local electricity utility is helping to introduce the arts to children with physical and/or developmental challenges.
March 03, 2016
We are deeply saddened to share that Bob McKay passed away on March 2, as a result of cardiac arrest. Bob was a former ErinoakKids client, and current Board Director. He has been a dedicated spokesperson for possibilities, and has been the face of ErinoakKids for many years.
February 19, 2016
ErinoakKids, the largest of Ontario’s 20 community-based children’s treatment centres, is building new space for the first time in 40 years to meet the growing demand for therapy, medical and support services for kids with disabilities and special needs.
February 18, 2016
ErinoakKids, the largest of Ontario’s 20 community-based children’s treatment centres, will celebrate the start of construction of a new facility in Oakville at a ceremonial event on Feb. 19.
February 16, 2016
BMO, one of Canada’s largest banks, today announced it will donate $100,000 to ErinoakKids to fund therapy equipment and programming in three new sites set to open next spring. The funds will ensure children and youth with disabilities have access to much-needed services and supports in their local communities.
February 11, 2016
RBC Foundation today committed $150,000 toward medical and support services at ErinoakKids for kids with disabilities. The multi-year pledge will help meet growing demand in the community and ensure critical, unfunded programming continues to benefit children with special needs.
February 04, 2016
As a result of new funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, ErinoakKids is now able to provide a physiotherapy episode of care to infants with isolated Congenital Muscular Torticollis (CMT).
December 03, 2015
Donation marks largest in organization’s history for respite care
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 3, 2015 — Families of children with special needs received a boost today thanks to a $100,000 multi-year commitment from CIBC earmarked for ErinoakKids’ Respite Program. CIBC’s donation marks the single largest respite donation in the organization’s history.
October 01, 2015
ErinoakKids has developed a new referral form for access to our services. This new form is available as of October 1, 2015 and should exclusively be used when referring clients to ErinoakKids services. The new form is available on our website at erinoakkids.ca/referrals
. The old referral form will no longer be accepted after December 31, 2015.
September 28, 2015
Today, our ErinoakKids family is heartbroken as we grieve the loss of members of our own extended family – the Neville-Lake family. In a tragic car accident Sunday afternoon, Jennifer Neville-Lake, one of our valued staff at ErinoakKids, lost her three children and father.
August 21, 2015
MISSISSAUGA, ON, August 20, 2015 — BDO Canada, a leading accounting, tax and advisory firm, donated $30,000 today to help fund the purchase of specialized treatment equipment and services for children and youth with disabilities and special needs at ErinoakKids.
August 20, 2015
We know our clients and their families are busy juggling many activities and appointments. To help you manage your schedules, we have implemented automated reminder calls to clients and parents for scheduled appointments.
August 07, 2015
New facilities provide greater accessibility for children and youth with disabilities and special needs
MISSISSAUGA, ON, August 7, 2015 — The Jays Care Foundation, the Erindale Lions Little League and ErinoakKids, the province’s largest children’s treatment and rehabilitation centre, today unveiled an upgraded baseball facility that provides greater accessibility for children and youth with disabilities and special needs.
July 30, 2015
MISSISSAUGA, ON, July 30, 2015 — Twenty year-old Renee Foessel has her sights set on gold during the upcoming Parapan Am Games. Born with hemiplegia, a type of cerebral palsy that has left the right side of her body weak, the former ErinoakKids client and top ranked world para-athlete is vying for the podium in three events at the international competition.
July 16, 2015
The ErinoakKids summer newsletter is now available!
June 16, 2015
OAKVILLE, ON, June 16, 2015 ― The Stout Monk, a popular Oakville pub and longtime supporter of children with disabilities, today donated $60,000 to help support programming for children with special needs at ErinoakKids.
May 08, 2015
MISSISSAUGA ON, May 8, 2015 — ErinoakKids, the largest children’s treatment centre in Ontario, broke ground today on a new Mississauga facility that will bring together, in one location, therapy, medical and support services for children and youth with disabilities.
May 01, 2015
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.
March 19, 2015
The ErinoakKids spring newsletter is now available!
January 12, 2015
Gareth Davis and Mike Scholz of RVDL Soccer Academy stopped by to drop off a cheque for $1725! They raised this money at their RVDL Santa Soccer Challenge where 115 young soccer players participated. Thanks for your support!
January 06, 2015
(Mississauga ON) – Employees at Mississauga’s Ready Bake Foods got together recently and cooked up a treat for ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development in the form of a $23,342 donation. Ready Bake is a division of Weston Foods Canada, and the donation was raised as part of Weston’s annual company-wide fundraising campaign, Weston – Seeding Stronger Communities.
December 19, 2014
Helping 10,000 more Ontario children with Speech and Language challenges
(Mississauga ON) - Ontario is helping 10,000 more children with speech and language difficulties by reducing wait times for speech and language services.
December 15, 2014
(Mississauga ON) – There was holiday magic in the air at ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development today, when members of the Oakville Shrine Club arrived with $2,031 in gift cards for children who are clients at ErinoakKids, and their families.
December 04, 2014
A group of Home Depot Canada store and district managers from across the GTA visited both Brampton locations of ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development yesterday to share their do-it-yourself skills with children with autism.
November 27, 2014
(Mississauga ON) – Six volunteers from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) put their creative skills to work today as they made decorations for the ErinoakKids float entry in Sunday’s Mississauga Santa Claus Parade. The 37-foot float will sparkle with a theme of “Christmas Candyland” and carry more than 30 people, including ErinoakKids clients and their families, volunteers, and staff.
November 10, 2014
OAKVILLE — The Ministry of Children and Youth Services, ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development and Infrastructure Ontario announced today that Peel-Halton Partnership (PHP) has been selected to design, build and finance three new children’s treatment facilities and has signed a guaranteed maximum-priced contract to deliver the project.
October 24, 2014
Kelsey LeCoure of Mississauga is thrilled to be named the first recipient of the new Sean and Lynne Seawright Scholarship Award.
October 24, 2014
Today at its 2014 Pride & Joy Awards dinner at the Oakville Conference Centre, ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development presented five awards to celebrate the achievement, determination and legacy of the more than 14,500 children and youth it serves each year. More than 300 people attended the ErinoakKids Pride & Joy Awards, presented this year by The Bank of Nova Scotia and hosted by Ben Mulroney, co-anchor of CTV’s ETALK.
October 22, 2014
Rosanne Longo of the Longo’s Family Charitable Foundation recently visited ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development to present a $70,000 donation. The gift comes from proceeds of the Longo’s 25th annual Fore Kids’ Sake Charity Golf Tournament, held in June at Lionhead Golf Club and Conference Centre.
June 16, 2014
Exceptional Parent is a magazine and special needs resource. It's mission is "To Develop, Translate, and Share Information as Tools for Positive Change for the Special Needs Community."
May 09, 2014
(Mississauga ON) – A cast of 13 young people with disabilities and special needs will demonstrate their dramatic skills when the ErinoakKids Players present Snow White’s Ever After on stage at Stephen Lewis Secondary School in Mississauga on June 2.
May 09, 2014
Students from the Psychology Association of Undergraduate Studies at Erindale (or PAUSE) at the University of Toronto Mississauga held their Variety Night earlier this year with funds going to ErinoakKids. The evening raised $1000 that will go to support the work we do.
May 07, 2014
On May 3, we held our annual Home and Vehicle Modification Info Fair for our families to learn about modification options. At the event, Accessible Daily Living
donated $1150 to help client families offset the costs of home and vehicle modifications.
April 30, 2014
We were thrilled to have Adam Graves of the Smilezone Foundation
visit our North Sheridan site today. He was joined by his guest, Jerome “Junkyard Dog” Williams, formerly of the Toronto Raptors.
April 29, 2014
The request for proposals stage has closed for prequalified companies to submit bids to design, build and finance new children’s treatment centres in Brampton, Mississauga and Oakville.
April 28, 2014
More than 200 runners, walkers, rollers and strollers came together in the spring sunshine on April 27 at Lakeside Park in Mississauga for the second annual 5K walk for ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development.
April 01, 2014
In March we were honoured to host separate visits from Alex Bezzina, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS), and our new MCYS Regional Director Wendy Nelson.
February 01, 2014
GoodLife Kids Foundation
announced today that the iCan Bike program at ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development has been selected as a finalist in their national Win 4 Kids contest.
December 23, 2013
Bakery employees from the Mississauga facility of Ready Bake Foods, an operating division of Weston Foods Canada Ltd
, visited ErinoakKids today to deliver a donation of more than $20,000.
December 18, 2013
Angela Cope, marketing production lead at the technology solutions and services provider Softchoice
, has realized her dream of giving back to ErinoakKids.
December 11, 2013
The Oakville Shriners brought an extra helping of holiday joy to families of children with disabilities on Monday, with their annual delivery of donated toys to ErinoakKids, plus much-needed gift cards with a combined value of more than $1,000.
November 29, 2013
Today 28 volunteers from Baxter Canada
spread good cheer and holiday sparkle at ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development.
November 27, 2013
Access Music Therapy is excited to announce that the Xtreme Glee club will be performing in collaboration with the Oakville Children’s Choir at a Community Carol Concert on Saturday, December 14 , at 3:00 p.m.
November 20, 2013
Broad smiles were on display yesterday at ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development when Oakville dentist Dale Schisler stopped by to present a donation of $8,430.
July 30, 2012
The Strategic Plan
outlines how we will change, adapt and evolve to remain at the forefront of our sector during a time of transformative change.
April 11, 2012
Volunteers = Passion, Action, Impact
May 24, 2011
On May 24, 2011, Minister of Children and Youth Services, Laurel Broten, came to ErinoakKids to announce and celebrate the news that the Ontario government will be investing in three new ErinoakKids facilities that will better serve children and youth with special needs and support their families.
May 23, 2011
July 4, 2011
To help serve clients and families better, ErinoakKids has implemented a new family-centred system of integrated services for all children referred to ErinoakKids. The overall goal of integrating services is to ensure that when a child comes to ErinoakKids he or she will have access to the appropriate range of services, based upon identified needs, and is not limited by a particular program’s established focus or internal silos.
May 22, 2011
Bob McKay awarded at the Pride and Joy Awards
March 13, 2011
What is Baxter’s Young Artist Contest?
April 05, 2010
From April 10 to 16, 2011, volunteers step into the spotlight as communities across the country celebrate the 68th annual National Volunteer Week.
[Error loading the WebPart 'EOK_CommentsViewer_1' of type 'EOK_CommentsViewer_1']