Today, as part of Budget 2021, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services & MPP for Ottawa West – Nepean Jeremy Roberts announced that the Ontario Government will be providing funding for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) to construct a new building called “1Door4Care.” The 1Door4Care unit will consolidate seven satellite offices/clinics and a range of services under one roof on the CHEO campus, making services easier for parents and caregivers to access, navigate and reducing waitlists. This is the largest infrastructure investment in Ottawa since the LRT.
“This investment will completely transform how CHEO provides mental health, rehabilitative, and special needs care,” said MPP Roberts. I believe it will be a real game changer to the 40,000 families that rely on these services every year. On a personal note, I know how important this expansion will be, because it is exactly the kind of one-stop shop support that would have made a world of difference when my younger brother Dillon needed these programs and services.”
1Door4Care will provide children with rehabilitative and developmental care, autism services, physio and occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, preschool, and more. It will also reduce wait times for these critical services. Most importantly, it will ensure that these services are offered in a networked campus alongside the vital health supports offered at CHEO’s main hospital site. Bringing services together is about making life easier and services better for these children and their families.
“Today’s news impacts families all across Eastern Ontario, especially those hit hardest by COVID-19,” said Alex Munter, President & CEO of CHEO. “Vulnerable children and youth with special needs, medical complexity or facing mental health challenges will get better, faster care in the 1Door4Care health-care hub. MPP Roberts has been relentless in his support for better-connected care – this project wouldn’t be what it is today without his support.”
The new facility will be a 198,000 sq. ft., purpose-built structure on the CHEO campus. It is estimated that the construction will create 3,000 jobs in construction, trades, and project management in the Ottawa area.
- For a child needing mental health outpatient support, 1Door4Care means they won’t have to drive to an ill-suited facility, with limited parking options. This new purpose-built facility will be located on CHEO’s main campus.
- For the family with a child with autism currently accessing CHEO’s services in an industrial park, the 1Door4Care expansion means all autism services will be located at CHEO, networked into all of the other supports that a child with special needs might need.
- For the children with complex needs who attend school at the OCTC in a building that was built in the 1970s, this modern building will put accessibility for these children at the forefront.