The Government of Canada announces that it is investing $105 million into a new expansion of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) to build a new Children’s Treatment Centre facility. The new facility will bring together its mental health and special needs services for children together under one roof for better patient care and reduce stress on parents and caregivers.
The investment will help create an integrated and modern facility and allow the hospital to consolidate services and provide more customized support for developmental, rehabilitation, behavioural, and mental health in one space.
“Every day, parents and caregivers in Eastern Ontario are struggling to find their child the right combination of care. It’s stressful and we can do better,” says Kathleen Wynne, premier of Ontario. “That’s why our government is committed to helping CHEO expand to provide more children with increased access to mental health and special needs services, all under one roof. It will mean better care for kids, and less worry for parents and families. Ontario’s children deserve every chance at a healthy, safe and productive life. For years, CHEO has been dedicated to delivering life-changing care to countless children, and this commitment will allow them to continue that care.”
Bringing these services together under one roof means children with multiple health care needs can access the right care under a single health care team. The new facility will reduce wait times and improve comfort while providing more privacy, safety, and accessibility for patients and their families.
This investment is part of the upcoming Budget, which will focus on the supports and services families in Ontario need right now — including investing more in hospitals, mental health, long-term care and child care across the province.
“This is great news for families in Eastern Ontario,” says John Fraser, MPP for Ottawa South. “CHEO’s #1door4care is a project that has been a long time in the making. This will allow families to have the one-stop access for care that their child needs. I am proud of our government’s commitment to putting patients first and continuing to invest in the things that matter most.”
The new six-story, 230,440 square-foot facility will bring together 11 separate services — including mental health services, the Autism Program of Eastern Ontario, applied behavioural analysis and the Blind-Low Vision Program — currently spread across eight various locations throughout the National Capital Region, into one building. The new building will be located on the CHEO-OCTC campus, adjacent to the main building on Smyth Road, which incorporates both CHEO and the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre.
“We are so pleased for the families we serve. #1door4care means better service and shorter waits for kids and youth with special needs and mental health challenges,” says Alex Munter, president and CEO of CHEO-OCTC. “It means redirecting money spent on multiple facilities toward frontline service. It means creating a hub that brings together providers, families, services and community organizations. It means working to make life simpler for families who use many of our programs.”