Mere days after breaking ground on the site of a new facility in Brampton that will be the largest children’s treatment centre in Ontario, ErinoakKids broke ground today on another new facility, this time in Mississauga, that will bring together in one location therapy, medical and support services for children and youth with disabilities.
“ErinoakKids is thrilled today to announce the start of construction on our new Mississauga facility,” said ErinoakKids president and CEO Bridget Fewtrell. “This day marks a milestone not only for our organization, but for the clients and families we serve. Now, more than ever before, children and youth will have access to a range of services in a single location, resulting in better coordinated supports and services that will truly enable our clients to prosper and lead healthy, independent lives.”
Located on Central Parkway West, south of Burnhamthorpe Road, the new 103,000-sq.-ft. Mississauga facility will house:
- A controlled multisensory Snoezelen room for children with autism or developmental disabilities;
- A fully-accessible playground for recreation therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy;
- An adapted fitness facility;
- A Youth Drop-In Centre;
- 2 gyms for physiotherapy, group therapy and recreation therapy;
- 17 treatment rooms;
- 2 therapeutic playrooms;
- A Resource Centre for staff and families;
- An audiology area for hearing aid fitting and dispensing.
The Mississauga location is one of three new ErinoakKids sites to be constructed as part of a much-needed and long-anticipated redevelopment project approved in 2011 by the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services. The project will enable ErinoakKids to consolidate its current patchwork of outgrown and mostly leased and retrofitted office and commercial spaces into three larger sites — one in Brampton, another in Oakville and a third in Mississauga. The three sites are set to open in spring 2017.
The facilities are designed specifically for the care of children and youth with special needs and will offer a variety of services, including: physiotherapy, occupational therapy, autism services, speech and language services, infant hearing and screening services, vision services, recreation therapy, social work services, and auditory verbal therapy. Initial assessments for assistive devices resource services will also be available at the Mississauga location.
The ErinoakKids project is the largest in the history of the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and the first multi-site build of a children’s treatment centre in the province.
The cost of design and construction for the project is $163.33 million, which will be provided by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. The Ministry is also providing funding to support the acquisition of land, project planning and overall project management. ErinoakKids is raising $20 million – $15 million for therapy/treatment program equipment and furniture, and $5 million to support specialized services through its $20 million In My Dreams capital campaign.