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What's New at OCTC

  • January 26, 2015

    Dear families,

    The well-being of the children, families and staff we support at the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre is of the utmost importance. In the coming weeks, you may notice some changes at our Smyth Road site as we work to improve our facilities for the comfort of all those who visit.

    As part of our regular maintenance program, we discovered that the air quality in our portable treatment rooms has decreased. As a precaution, we have decided to temporarily relocate some of our services... click here for more details.



  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015

    OCTC staff will be participating in Bell Let's Talk Day... Recognizing that simply talking makes a significant impact in breaking down the barriers to mental health, this campaign encourages people to "start the conversation" about mental health and engage in dialogue with friends, family and co-workers. You can join the conversation by visiting  or



  • Wednesday, January 21, 2015

    In Ontario, special services are provided by different agencies and funded by four government ministries. The government has asked us to look at our service delivery model in Renfrew County and propose changes to make services more accessible and easier for families to use. Your participation in this survey will help us to understand your experience and the most important factors influencing the quality of your experience.

    We are asking for your opinion if your child is receiving one or more special services in Renfrew County. This could include services of: Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Physiotherapy, Infant Development, Autism Program, Behavioural Support, Social Work. For Survey click here!



  • Tuesday, December 2, 2014

    Ontario is launching the third review of the Child and Family Services Act (CFSA), which governs many of the province's programs and services for children and youth.

    The review will target two key areas -- improving outcomes for children and youth, and modernizing and clarifying the language of the Act. click here for more information!



  • Ontario's Special Needs Strategy & Our Children's Treatment Centre's response to this opportunity – October 2014

    Families of children and youth with special needs, can have difficulties receiving services in a timely and coordinated way. Ontario is working to improve how families access the services they need, as close to home as possible. OCTC is well positioned to respond to this and play a significant role.          For more information click here.



  • Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

    An ODSP information session for parents of youth and adults with developmental and /or physical disabilities. Click here for details.



  • August 5th 2014

    The Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth launched their I Have Something to Say website , a first step in their effort to elevate the voices of children and youth with special needs.

    In partnership with their Youth Advisory Committee, they have created a website that will allow children and youth to tell their story.  Read more!



  • The City of Ottawa's New Child Care Registry and Waitlist

    Important information for parents previously registered on the Centralized Waiting List

    The City will be contacting parents from June to September by e-mail, phone and/or mail to inform them of the new Child Care Registry and Waitlist. Parents need to create a new account and complete an application no later than December 31, 2014 to retain their original application date. If a space becomes available during this time, daycare operators will continue to retrieve information from the previous Centralized Waiting List. For more information, go to Apply for Daycare.



  • “Ask me why”

    OCTC and the OCTC Foundation are proud to present a video that showcases why OCTC is important in the lives of the families we serve, and an important part of the fabric of the community overall.

    Please take a moment to view the video…. And share, share, share!



  • We are pleased to launch a new section on our website!

    Looking Ahead: Transitions From Infancy to Adulthood. You'll find it in the main website banner and in the Family section. We also have a youth-friendly version on the Youth section of our site. This Q&A document is designed to help clients, families, staff and our community partners understand service delivery through six important transitions, including school entry, high school and adulthood.



  • Social Integration programs

    Children and youth of different skills and abilities are able to participate in community programs and have the opportunity to be part of their community through different social integration opportunities within the Recreation Therapy program at OCTC. This allows them to try and experience new things which they never had the opportunity or support to do before.

    Check out these videos showcasing OCTC's partnerships with The Lion's Club of Ottawa and the Camp Otonabee - YMCA.



  • Every day, OCTC volunteers make a difference in the lives of children and youth. Two volunteers, Jacob-Emmanuel Doyle and Glen Russell, got together to create this showcase of the impact that they and more than 140 OCTC volunteers are making to help the centre further its mission. Watch the video here.



  • "Give it a Go"

    Thanks to the Harry Ward Foundation, the Harry Foster Foundation, the Community Foundation of Ottawa, the RBC Foundation, and the HOPE Volleyball Summerfest, the "Give it a Go" program took place again this summer.  See the video>>





The Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre (OCTC) is a leader in providing bilingual specialized care for those with multiple physical, developmental, and associated behavioural needs, focusing on our region's children and youth. Learn more »


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