Ontario Preserving Autism Supports and Child Care Spaces in Etobicoke and North York

Autism Supports

Province Maintaining Two Community Hubs to Benefit Children and Families

Ontario is seeking to preserve local community services for families in Etobicoke and North York, including autism supports and licensed child care, by proposing to acquire two facilities from the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) that would be maintained as community hubs.

Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education, and Sophie Kiwala, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Children and Youth Services, were joined by Etobicoke Centre MPP Yvan Baker at Silver Creek Pre-School in Etobicoke today to make the announcement.

This proposed investment would mean the full range of support services currently offered at McNicoll Public School in North York and Silver Creek Public School in Etobicoke would continue to be available for local families. Services include:

McNicoll Public School

  • Supports for children’s mental health and autism
  • Licensed child care
  • Early years child and family support program.

Silver Creek Public School

  • Supports for children’s mental health and autism
  • Licensed child care, including specialized care for children with special needs.

Community hubs improve the daily lives of people in Ontario by offering multiple services, often in a highly integrated, citizen-centred way and under one roof.

Supporting strong communities is part of the government’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • The province is seeking to acquire the facilities from the TDSB through a land exchange. The school board would receive provincially-owned property in the West Don Lands of a comparable value for a future school site.
  • Offering more licensed child care spaces aligns with the government’s commitment to support community hubs that provide citizen-focused, co-ordinated services such as child care, education, health care and social services.
  • Ontario will help 100,000 more children aged 0-4 access quality, licensed child care in schools, homes, and communities over the next five years.

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