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12 April 2019

Ontario’s 2019 Budget brings strategic investments and some questions

Empowered Kids Ontario welcomes the government’s infrastructure investment for two of our founding members, Grandview Children’s Centre and Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, announced by Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli, with the release of Budget 2019: Protecting What Matters Most.

Grandview Children’s Centre and CHEO are among the 21 Children’s Treatment Centres across the province that deliver community-based care to kids with childhood disabilities, developmental challenges that may be cognitive, physical and communication, kids who are recovering from illness or injury, and kids with complex are needs including autism, Cerebral Palsy, FASD, Down syndrome and other neurodisabilities. “With this investment, GrandviewKids and CHEO will deliver the most modern, innovative care and supports—a hallmark of Ontario’s Children’s Treatment Centres,” says Jennifer Churchill, CEO of Empowered Kids Ontario. “We thank the government for recognizing this very important need, and for making it possible for our centres to help kids with disabilities live their best lives.”

Protecting What Matters Most focuses on balancing Ontario’s budget by 2023-24, with strategic investments to grow the economy and protect critical services. “While we are grateful for this recognition of the contribution our members make to community-based care for kids and families, we have questions about the budget reductions for the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services,” adds Churchill. “We are concerned about the potential impact, and we will be working with the government to more fully understand what these cuts will mean for kids with disabilities and for their families.”