Helping Children with Special Needs Succeed

Premier Announces Liberals Would Increase Funding for Children’s Treatment Centres

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Premier Kathleen Wynne was in Kitchener-Waterloo today to announce that an Ontario Liberal government would support families with special needs children and youth by investing in reduced wait times for families at Ontario’s Children’s Treatment Centres (CTCs).

An additional $5 million investment will help make for an easier transition into the school system for children and youth who have special needs. The funding was included in the 2014 Liberal Budget, and the Liberals will re-introduce the Budget if re-elected on June 12.

The Premier joined Ontario Liberal candidate for Kitchener-Waterloo Jamie Burton at the KidsAbility Centre for Child Development (KidsAbility) in Waterloo Region today to make the announcement. They met with front-line developmental services workers along with children and youth who will achieve their potential because of Ontario’s CTCs.

Ontario now spends almost $100 million a year on its province-wide network of 20 CTCs, with KidsAbility receiving about $7.5 million in core funding from the province. KidsAbility provides services to about 5,000 children and youth annually.

Andrea Horwath and the NDP put this additional $5 million in funding at risk when they chose not to support the Budget.

Jamie Burton is the co-founder and vice-president of Dolphin Digital, a Waterloo Region ICT consulting firm. Jamie has dedicated herself to bringing business, government and community groups together to eliminate barriers faced by people with developmental disabilities, and made Dolphin Digital the first business in Canada to develop a barrier-free employment strategy to support persons with disabilities.



“I support Children’s Treatment Centres such as KidsAbility because I believe in helping people. This investment is key to helping some of our most vulnerable children reach their full potential in life. Ensuring children have the opportunity to reach their full potential is the hope of every parent, and it is what I will continue to do as Premier.”

— Premier Kathleen Wynne


Quick Facts

  • CTCs provide a range of rehabilitation services, such as physical, occupational and speech and language therapy.
  • CTCs served more than 66,000 children and youth with special needs in 2013.
  • Since 2004, Ontario Liberals have increased funding to CTCs by 73 per cent, adding nearly $40 million a year to help special needs children and youth achieve their potential.


For further information
Ontario Liberal Party
Blane McPhail