Children with Autism

Published on May 29, 2018

Providing More Support for Children with Autism

  • The Ontario PC is plan for the people, it will give our kids the support they need to realize their potential — so they can live fulfilling lives and pursue their own dreams.
  • An Ontario PC Government will enhance the Ontario Autism Program by adding $100 million in new funding.
  • An Ontario PC Government would support the expansion of the use of autism service dogs in schools across the province.
  • The autism community in Ontario deserves much better than the fifteen years of excuses they’ve received. The PC Party is committed to taking real action to help these families.


Backgrounder – Support for Children with AutismThe Issue

  • One in 66 children and youth is identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).[1]
  • There are two types of autism treatment in Ontario, intensive behavioural intervention (IBI) and applied behaviour analysis (ABA).  Generally speaking IBI is a more intensive form of ABA that includes more hours of therapy weekly.
  • Waitlists for IBI therapy funding from government eclipse five years. Since the government deems IBI is not effective after five years, they attempt to kick these children off the IBI waitlist and transfer them to the ABA waitlist.[2]

How we will Fix It

  • An Ontario PC Government will maintain the Ontario Autism Program, but we will enhance it by adding $100 million in the 2018-19 fiscal year. This is an increase of $38 million from the Liberal’s 2018 budget promise.
  • This money will be used to help increase the number of children accessing services and reduce delays for families to get access to these services.
  • In addition, we can announce we will review how to implement a province wide approval of autism service dogs in schools across the province – something which our candidate Amy Fee has fought for after her child’s service dog was rejected from a Kitchener-Waterloo area school.[4]
  • Lastly, our childcare rebate includes an increased amount to claim against if a child has severe mental or physical disabilities. While this does not apply to all children with autism, it would apply to children with severe autism. They can claim against $11,000 of expenses, instead of $9,000 of expenses – meaning the maximum they can receive for a rebate is $8,250.