Overview

The new needs-based Ontario Autism Program includes a broad range of services that offer you more supports designed to meet the individual needs of your family and child or youth.

Foundational family services are available to all families registered in the Ontario Autism Program as part of the new needs-based program.

Foundational family services aim to give you more tools to work with your child or youth and participate in their ongoing learning and development through services and supports that are:

  • informed by evidence
  • delivered by a range of professionals
  • are responsive to your family’s changing needs over time and your child’s needs, strengths and developmental stage
  • offered in a variety of ways, including virtual, self-directed, in-person or group-based
  • tailored to the unique regional, language and cultural needs in different communities
  • offered by organizations using collaborative, innovative and interprofessional approaches to work with other partners in your community

Phase 1 services

The first phase of foundational family services builds on the virtual service delivery models introduced during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Options may vary during the first phase of implementation as providers continue to build their services and capacity. Service providers will continue to increase and broaden their offerings over time as Ontario moves toward expanding services to gradually include in-person support when it is safe to do so and based on public health requirements.

Services will be available through select providers and may include the following types of options:

  • Family and peer mentoring – share experiences in a supportive, informative and social atmosphere
  • Caregiver workshops and follow-up coaching sessions – information, education and resources on a variety of topics
  • Brief targeted consultations – direct support to help address a specific need and support your child’s skill development
  • Transition supports – help preparing for your child’s personal and educational transitions as well as transitions to adulthood
  • Family resource and clinic days – brainstorm, consult and problem-solve with professionals

Eligibility

Everyone registered in the Ontario Autism Program is eligible to receive foundational family services.

Whether your child or youth is on the waitlist, has received interim one-time funding or a childhood budget, or has an existing Ontario Autism Program behaviour plan, you and your family can access these services and supports.

You can choose to access these services at any point based on your needs, at no cost. There are no limits to the number of times you can register for these services.

Find services

You can contact the service providers listed below to ask questions, learn about what types of programming are available and register.

You can access foundational family services from any of the providers listed below – regardless of where you live. You can also choose to access services from multiple providers to meet your family’s needs, including virtual and in-person services, where available.

Contact a service provider:

NameAddressPhoneRegion
Bethesda Community Services3310 Schmon Parkway, Thorold, Ontario905-684-6918Western
Haldimand-Norfolk REACH101 Nanticoke Creek Parkway, Townsend, Ontario519-587-2441Western
McMaster Children’s Hospital / Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre325 Wellington Street North, Hamilton, Ontario905-521-2100 ext. 78972Western
Lansdowne Children’s Centre39 Mount Pleasant Street, Brantford, Ontario519-753-3153Western
TVCC (formerly Thames Valley Children’s Centre) and John McGivney Children’s Centre779 Base Line Road East, London, OntarioToll-free: 1-866-590-8822Western
Catulpa Community Support Services165 Ferris Lane, Barrie, Ontario705-733-3227 ext. 2099Central
Community Living North Halton917 Nipissing Road, Suite B, Milton, Ontario905-878-7656 ext. 287Central
Dufferin Child and Family Services655 Riddell Road, Orangeville, Ontario519-941-1530Central
ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development1230 Central Parkway West, Mississauga, Ontario905-855-2690Central
Kerry’s Place Autism Services34 Berczy Street, Suite 190, Aurora, Ontario 905-841-6611Central
KidsAbility500 Hallmark Drive, Waterloo, Ontario 519-886-8886Central
Kinark Child and Family Services600 Alden Road, Suite 200, Markham, OntarioToll-free: 1-800-283-3377Central
Mackenzie Health10 Trench Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario

570 Bryne Dr, Unit H, Barrie, Ontario
Toll-free: 1-888-577-6955Central
Reach Out Centre for Kids471 Pearl Street, Burlington, Ontario289-266-0036Central
Sunbeam Developmental Resource Centre205-1120 Victoria St. N, Kitchener, Ontario519-741-1121Central
Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services69 Flatt Road, Burlington, Ontario905-689-4727Central
York Support Services Network240 Edward Street, Unit 3, Aurora, Ontario905-898-6455Central
Child & Community Resources662 Falconbridge Road, Sudbury, Ontario705-525-0055 ext. 2600| Toll-free: 1-877-996-1599Northern
Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca391 Oak Street East, North Bay, OntarioToll-free: 1-800-668-8555 ext. 1333Northern
One Kids Place Children’s Treatment Centre400 McKeown Avenue, North Bay, Ontario705-476-5437Northern
FIREFLY820 Lakeview Drive, Kenora, Ontario 807-467-5437Northern
George Jeffrey Children’s Centre200 Brock Street East, Thunder Bay, Ontario807-623-4381Northern
THRIVE Child Development Centre74 Johnson Avenue, Sault Ste Marie, OntarioToll-free: 1-855-759-1131Northern
Canopy Support Services150 O'Carroll Avenue, Peterborough, OntarioToll-free: 1-888-616-3456Eastern
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario401 Smyth Road, Ottawa, Ontario613-249-9355 ext. 444Eastern
Counselling Services of Belleville and District12 Moira Street East, Belleville, Ontario613-966-7413Eastern
Grandview Children’s Centre600 Townline Road South, Oshawa, Ontario905-728-1673 | 1-800-304-6180 ext. 2533Eastern
Kinark Child and Family Services600 Alden Road, Suite 200, Markham, OntarioToll-free: 1-800-283-3377Eastern
Lanark Community Programs30 Bennett Street, Carleton Place, Ontario613-257-7121| Toll-free: 1-800-667-2617Eastern
Maltby Centre31 Hyperion Court, Suite 100, Kingston, Ontario 613-546-8535| Toll-free: 1-844-855-8535Eastern
Lake Ridge Community Support Services900 Hopkins Street, Whitby, Ontario 905-666-9688 ext. 500Eastern
Kerry's Place Autism Services222 Lesmill Road, Toronto, Ontario416-537-2000Toronto
Lumenus Community Services (formerly Adventure Place, The Etobicoke Children’s Centre, Griffin Centre and Skylark Children, Youth and Families)1126 Finch Avenue West, Unit 16, Toronto, Ontario416-744-7650 ext. 4700Toronto
Strides Toronto (formerly Aisling Discoveries Child and Family Centre and East Metro Youth Services) 325 Milner Avenue, Suite 110, Scarborough, Ontario416-321-5464Toronto
Surrey Place2 Surrey Place, Toronto, OntarioToll-free: 1-833-575-5437Toronto