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Day Respite programs and Overnight or Weekly Respite programs are available at ErinoakKids. New! Overnight and Weekly programs are now open to families anywhere in Ontario. 

Respite gives caregivers a short break from the significant demands of providing 24/7 care for their family member living with complex needs. ErinoakKids provides that care in a safe, stimulating and fun environment. 

Respite services at ErinoakKids are available to families caring for children, youth and young adults with complex health needs anywhere in Ontario. Clients must live at home.

Our respite program is funded in large part by donations. To learn how you can support our campaign to fund vital respite care, please visit

Interested in a tour of our Respite Centre, to see if it is right for you and your family? Please contact Respite Administration at 905-855-2690 ext. 2273. We're looking forward to welcoming you!

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Additional Information

Frequently Asked Questions


Learn more about program options, associated eligibility criteria and the referral process. 

Overnight/Weekly RespiteDay Respite

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Weekend stay (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon)$225, due on booking
Weeklong stay (Sunday evening to the following Sunday afternoon)

$500, due on booking

Day Respite$240 for the full six sessions, due on booking

Available Family Supports: 

Service Navigation Family Support FundSpecial Services at HomeGovernment and Other Funding

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Additional information

  • The first date of the stay must be at least two weeks from the date of submission. 
  • Submit completed referral forms here.  A member of our respite team will be in touch within five business days of submission.  
  • This pre-admission form must be completed/updated before your initial assessment appointment with the ErinoakKids lead nurse.  
  • If you need to cancel your family member's scheduled stay please call
    905-855-2690 and choose option 3.

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What are your cancellation policies?
We require notice of cancellation at least three weeks in advance so that if you cannot use your spot, we can offer the opportunity for respite to another family waiting.

There are limited respite resources in the community and most of the cost of respite at ErinoakKids is subsidized by donor funds. We want to ensure that these valuable resources are not wasted.
Why is there a cost to access respite?
The cost for a respite stay is $225 for the weekend including overnight, and $500 for a weeklong stay including overnight. Day respite is ($40/session). 

This cost to families represents 7% of the total cost of providing respite care, with the rest subsidized by donations. Fees are necessary to secure the resources and commit to staffing.

There are limited respite resources in the community and many families are waiting. Our experience shows that without a nominal fee, cancellations on short notice are common and valuable donor funds are wasted as beds go unused.
What if I can’t afford the fees? Is there any support available?
We would never want to turn a family away; cost should not be a barrier to those who need access to essential respite care.

There are a number of support programs available through ErinoakKids, through the Federal and Provincial Government and through our community partners to help families in need.

Available Family Supports:

Service Navigation
Family Support Fund
Special Services at Home
Government Resources
Why do I need to sign a Terms of Engagement before having my spot secured?
Caring for your medically fragile family member during a respite stay, either day or overnight, is a privilege and a responsibility. Safety is our number one priority, and the Terms of Engagement allows both your family and our staff to confirm that expectations are aligned and agreed upon before we confirm a stay.