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Media Information


Niagara Children’s Centre is a child development and rehabilitation (treatment) centre serving children and youth with physical, developmental and/or communicative delays or disabilities.

The Centre serves 12 municipalities of the Region of Niagara and core services include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology.

Secondary services include: social work; medical clinics (neurodevelopmental paediatrics, physical medicine and complex care); specialty clinics (alternative and augmentative communication, seating and mobility); gait lab; resource consultants; recreation therapy; aquatics; and behavioural consultation.

Programs and services are delivered at locations operated by the Centre as well as at satellites, schools, child care centres and other community locations.

2023-24 Statistics

  • 5,213 children served
  • 2,440 new referrals
  • 48,877 visits
    • 40,464 in person
    • 5,655 telephone
    • 2,758 virtual
  • Waitlist numbers as of March 31, 2024
    • # Waiting for Assessment – 3,336
    • # Assessed but waiting for Treatment – 556

Centre Information

  • Located at 567 Glenridge Avenue; some satellite locations
  • Governance – board comprised of 11 members
  • Administration: CEO, director of clinical services, director corporate services and finance, director of development, manager of human resources, clinical mangers (4)
  • Employ approximately 120 full- and part-time staff
  • One of 21 children’s treatment centres in Ontario
  • Member of Empowered Kids Ontario (EKO), the provincial association for children’s rehabilitation and child development centres – one voice to government
  • Annual budget of approximately $11 million (see Our Funding section below for information on funding sources)

Vision, Mission and Values

Our Vision

Niagara’s Children and Youth at Their Best.

Ends Policy (Mission)

We enable children and youth with physical, developmental and communicative delays or disabilities to achieve their optimal potential within their home, school and community environments.

We do this through delivering a continuum of therapeutic supports and services to children and families and by working with our partners to deliver coordinated, integrated and family-centred care.

Our Values

  • Children and families come first
  • Excellence and innovation are cornerstones of our achievement
  • Teamwork and partnerships are vital
  • Respect underlies all we do

Our Funding

Niagara Children’s Centre receives funding from multiple sources. Primary sources of funding include:

Learn more about the Children’s Centre’s fundraising and development initiatives.

Niagara Children’s Centre School Authority

  • Established in 1964, along with Centre
  • Co-located at 567 Glenridge Ave
  • Separately governed by school trustees, principal and administrator
  • Approximately 60 students
  • Funded by the Ministry of Education: Section 68 School
  • Focus is on transition to the child’s community school

Name Use and Acronyms

  • Operating and Legal Name: Niagara Children’s Centre
  • Preferred Abbreviations: the Children’s Centre, the Centre
  • Non-Preferred Abbreviations: NCC (please note that we do not use this acronym)

Contacts and Sources for Additional Information

Members of the media are encouraged to contact Mike Morrison or Oksana Fisher for enquiries or requests for information or interviews.

Mike Morrison
Marketing and Communications Officer

905-688-3550 ext. 260

Oksana Fisher
905-688-3550 ext. 102