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Ontario Improving Access to Services for Children and Youth with Special Needs

Province Partners with KidsAbility in Cambridge, says MPP Kathryn McGarry

Ontario is improving access to services for children and youth with special needs in Cambridge.

Kathryn McGarry, MPP for Cambridge, made the announcement on behalf of Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services. 

“Supporting children, youth and families in Waterloo Region has always been important for our government. We invested $401,500 to create a dynamic, innovative and safe environment in a new hub where children and youth with special needs can thrive,” McGarry said.

The province is providing funding to KidsAbility to help families get the support they need under one roof by bringing services together through the creation of a new hub in Cambridge, which opened in October 2017.

This will give families more opportunities to consult with experts and access a wide variety of coordinated services to help address their individual needs. Centralizing services will also help ensure well-informed, responsive treatment and case management plans for children and youth.

“This investment in KidsAbility’s Cambridge Hub will allow us to effectively respond to the emerging needs of our children, youth and families in Cambridge,” said Linda Kenny, Chief Executive Officer, KidsAbility.

“We cannot do this alone and are grateful to our provincial government for their support. Together, we are building up each child, youth and family, equipping them with the skills, the support and the confidence to achieve their own successes,” Kenny said.

Supporting children and youth with special needs and helping them reach their full potential is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.


  • Ontario is investing $401,500 in KidsAbility to bring services together into a new hub in Cambridge
  • In 2016-17, the province invested more than $500 million in programs and services for children and youth with special needs and their families.
  • Ontario’s Special Needs Strategy is helping children and youth with special needs get the services they need at home, at school, in the community and as they transition to adulthood.


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