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Ground broken on new Brampton site of province’s largest respite centre

ErinoakKids, the largest children’s treatment centre in Ontario, broke ground on its new Brampton facility and 26-bed Regional Respite Centre, the largest of its kind in the province.

Located at the intersection of McVean Drive and Castlemore Road in northeast Brampton, the new 122,000 sq.-ft. facility will house what will be Ontario’s largest respite centre for children who are medically fragile/technology dependent, have complex care requirements or autism. The centre will offer a range of services from day to overnight stays and, for the first time, 24/7 service. Here, specially trained staff, nurses and program assistants will care for children with complex care needs, providing a period of caregiving relief for parents.

The new Brampton site will house:

    • A warm-water therapy pool

    • A controlled multisensory Snoezelen room for children with autism or developmental disabilities

    • 2 fully accessible playgrounds 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

    • 25 treatment rooms

    • 3 therapeutic playrooms

    • A Family Resource Centre for staff and families

    • An audiology area for hearing aid fitting and dispensing

    • A 26-bed Regional Respite Centre

The Brampton 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 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 and American Sign Language instruction.

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.

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