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
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.
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:
|Bethesda Community Services||3310 Schmon Parkway, Thorold, Ontario||905-684-6918||Western|
|Haldimand-Norfolk REACH||101 Nanticoke Creek Parkway, Townsend, Ontario||519-587-2441||Western|
|McMaster Children’s Hospital / Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre||325 Wellington Street North, Hamilton, Ontario||905-521-2100 ext. 78972||Western|
|Lansdowne Children’s Centre||39 Mount Pleasant Street, Brantford, Ontario||519-753-3153||Western|
|TVCC (formerly Thames Valley Children’s Centre) and John McGivney Children’s Centre||779 Base Line Road East, London, Ontario||Toll-free: 1-866-590-8822||Western|
|Catulpa Community Support Services||165 Ferris Lane, Barrie, Ontario||705-733-3227 ext. 2099||Central|
|Community Living North Halton||917 Nipissing Road, Suite B, Milton, Ontario||905-878-7656 ext. 287||Central|
|Dufferin Child and Family Services||655 Riddell Road, Orangeville, Ontario||519-941-1530||Central|
|ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development||1230 Central Parkway West, Mississauga, Ontario||905-855-2690||Central|
|Kerry’s Place Autism Services||34 Berczy Street, Suite 190, Aurora, Ontario ||905-841-6611||Central|
|KidsAbility||500 Hallmark Drive, Waterloo, Ontario ||519-886-8886||Central|
|Kinark Child and Family Services||600 Alden Road, Suite 200, Markham, Ontario||Toll-free: 1-800-283-3377||Central|
|Mackenzie Health||10 Trench Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario|
570 Bryne Dr, Unit H, Barrie, Ontario
|Reach Out Centre for Kids||471 Pearl Street, Burlington, Ontario||289-266-0036||Central|
|Sunbeam Developmental Resource Centre||205-1120 Victoria St. N, Kitchener, Ontario||519-741-1121||Central|
|Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services||69 Flatt Road, Burlington, Ontario||905-689-4727||Central|
|York Support Services Network||240 Edward Street, Unit 3, Aurora, Ontario||905-898-6455||Central|
|Child & Community Resources||662 Falconbridge Road, Sudbury, Ontario||705-525-0055 ext. 2600| Toll-free: 1-877-996-1599||Northern|
|Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca||391 Oak Street East, North Bay, Ontario||Toll-free: 1-800-668-8555 ext. 1333||Northern|
|One Kids Place Children’s Treatment Centre||400 McKeown Avenue, North Bay, Ontario||705-476-5437||Northern|
|FIREFLY||820 Lakeview Drive, Kenora, Ontario ||807-467-5437||Northern|
|George Jeffrey Children’s Centre||200 Brock Street East, Thunder Bay, Ontario||807-623-4381||Northern|
|THRIVE Child Development Centre||74 Johnson Avenue, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario||Toll-free: 1-855-759-1131||Northern|
|Canopy Support Services||150 O'Carroll Avenue, Peterborough, Ontario||Toll-free: 1-888-616-3456||Eastern|
|Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario||401 Smyth Road, Ottawa, Ontario||613-249-9355 ext. 444||Eastern|
|Counselling Services of Belleville and District||12 Moira Street East, Belleville, Ontario||613-966-7413||Eastern|
|Grandview Children’s Centre||600 Townline Road South, Oshawa, Ontario||905-728-1673 | 1-800-304-6180 ext. 2533||Eastern|
|Kinark Child and Family Services||600 Alden Road, Suite 200, Markham, Ontario||Toll-free: 1-800-283-3377||Eastern|
|Lanark Community Programs||30 Bennett Street, Carleton Place, Ontario||613-257-7121| Toll-free: 1-800-667-2617||Eastern|
|Maltby Centre||31 Hyperion Court, Suite 100, Kingston, Ontario ||613-546-8535| Toll-free: 1-844-855-8535||Eastern|
|Lake Ridge Community Support Services||900 Hopkins Street, Whitby, Ontario ||905-666-9688 ext. 500||Eastern|
|Kerry's Place Autism Services||222 Lesmill Road, Toronto, Ontario||416-537-2000||Toronto|
|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, Ontario||416-744-7650 ext. 4700||Toronto|
|Strides Toronto (formerly Aisling Discoveries Child and Family Centre and East Metro Youth Services) ||325 Milner Avenue, Suite 110, Scarborough, Ontario||416-321-5464||Toronto|
|Surrey Place||2 Surrey Place, Toronto, Ontario||Toll-free: 1-833-575-5437||Toronto|