Who We Are

Niagara Children's Centre is an accredited, non-profit charitable organization which is overseen by a 11 member Board of Directors. The Centre serves all 12 municipalities within the Region of Niagara.  The Management Staff of the Centre consists of a Chief Executive Officer, Director of Clinical Services, Director of Corporate Services, a Director of Development and three clinical managers. There are approximately 90 employees, most of them being rehabilitation therapists with specialized pediatric training.  


An Overview

2019-20 Statistics

  • Niagara Children’s Centre is a rehabilitation (treatment) centre serving children and youth with physical, developmental and/or communicative delays or disabilities.
  • Serves 12 municipalities of the Region of Niagara
  • Core services include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology and social work.
  • Secondary services include: 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
  • Lead agency for regional preschool speech and language program
  • In January 2020, Niagara Children’s Centre began administering School Based Rehabilitation Services via Centre employees
    • 5,854 children served
    • 2,716 new referrals
    • 41,338 visits
    • Wait #s as of March 31, 2020
      • # Waiting for Assessment:   2,311
      • #Waiting for Treatment:        44 
    • Located at 567 Glenridge Avenue;  some satellite locations (in-kind space)
    • Governance;  11 member Board
    • Administration:   CEO, Director of Clinical Services, Director Corporate Services and Finance, Director of Development; Clinical Mangers (3)
    • One of 21 Children’s Treatment Centres in province.
    • Member of Empowered Kids Ontario (EKO) , the provincial association for children’s rehabilitation and child development centres;  one voice to government.

Mission, Vision & Values

Our Vision

Niagara's Children and Youth at their Best


Our Mission (Ends Policy)

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 achievements
  • Teamwork and Partnerships are vital
  • Respect underlies all we do

Our Funding

  • Multiple Funders
    • Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services
    • Region of Niagara
    • Ministry of Health
    • Donations
    • Grants
  • Annual budget of approximately $9  million
  • Employ approximately 90 full and part-time staff

Our History

  • Established in 1964 as a voluntary, non-profit charitable organization; through the efforts of May Court Club; several area Rotary Clubs and Port Colborne Lions Club
  • Originally named Niagara Peninsula Crippled Children’s Society; 1999 named changed to Niagara Peninsula Children’s Centre; 2012 changed name to Niagara Children’s Centre.

On-site Partner

Niagara Children’s Centre School Authority

  • Established in 1964, along with Centre
  • Governed by School Trustees;  Principal and Administrator
  • 60 students
  • Funded by Ministry of Education;  Section 68 School
  • Focus is on transition to the child’s community school


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Niagara Children’s Centre is a member of Empowered Kids Ontario.

Empowered Kids Ontario is a non-profit, independent organization that represents all 21 Children’s Treatment Centres in Ontario.  EKO provides a powerful united voice for our member centres and delivers leadership by influencing policy, programs and funding to maximize the potential for all children and youth facing physical, communication and/or developmental challenges.

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