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CHEO and OCTC Joining Forces to Create a New Organization

Amalgamation of Two Leaders to Improve Health Services for Children and Families

Ottawa, May 17:   The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre (OCTC) – the two leading providers of specialized pediatric health services in the region – intend to join forces to create a new organization.

The Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre reveals new Smilezone that supports children and families, and honours community leader, Bryan Murray.

Ottawa, ON – March 9, 2015 – Today the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre was pleased to welcome families and guests to the unveiling of the new Smilezone area at their Smyth Road Centre.   Joined by Smilezone Foundation Board Members as well as players from the Ottawa Senators team, the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre unveiled the new Smilezone that will honour Bryan Murray and support children, youth and families who are waiting for their appointment at the Centre.


The children and youth served by the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre shared the fruits and vegetables of their labour at the first "Children Play Garden" Party.

Cornwall –September 26, 2014- The children have spent the past four months planting, weeding, watering and caring for their new garden. Today, they celebrated the harvest by picking and sharing the vegetables they had grown.


Children and families at the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre welcomed Ottawa REDBLACKS Quarterback, Henry Burris, to the Centre to kick-off his role as Celebrity Ambassador

OTTAWA – September 23, 2014 –The children participated in a kicking contest and pep rally to welcome Mr. Burris to the Children's Treatment Centre, and highlighted the skills they have been learning as part of the School Program. Through the recreational program at the school, children have been building their gross motor and teamwork skills through football related games.


Helping Children and Youth with Special Needs in Ottawa Achieve Their Goals -Ontario Taking Action to Reduce Wait Times and Improve Services

Ontario is investing $400,000 in annualized funding in the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre to reduce wait times and enhance children's rehabilitation services for children and youth with special needs, and their families.


Sledge Hockey Ontario athletes to host game with OCTC School children

OTTAWA, February 10, 2014 – Members of Sledge Hockey Ontario team will join children from the School of the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre for a fun-filled game to showcase sledge hockey as a growing sport in Ontario for children with disabilities.


Enhancing Supports for Children and Youth with Special Needs Ontario Government Taking Action to Reduce Wait Times and Improve Services

August 13, 2013 10:30 A.M. -Ontario is reducing wait times and improving how families of children and youth with special needs access the services they need, as close to home as possible.


April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day

Catalina's Story


A day in the life of a Paralympian

OTTAWA -December 10, 2012 – Paralympic medalist Jason Dunkerley and his guide Josh Karanja will lead young people with disabilities and able bodied participants of the partnered "Run, (Wheel), Jump, Throw" program through a typical Paralympian's training session complete with warm-up exercises and skills development. To top it off, children will have the chance to experience running blindfolded with a guide. After the workout, the two Paralympians will hand out certificates to all participants and will answer questions from children and their parents.


TELUS gift benefits students at OCTC school.

"Learning without limits"

OTTAWA, November 13, 2012- Primary students at the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre School (OCTC) now have access to even more of the latest technological resources tohelp them further develop their communication skills and to be independent learners in the 21st century thanks to a generous gift from the TELUS Ottawa Community Board.


Parking Changes at Smyth Campus of OCTC

New parking restrictions at the Smyth site of the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre (OCTC) have recently come in to effect which has impacted the number of unpaid parking spots available.


Rick Hansen Endorses Unprecedented Innovation at Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre

OTTAWA — Twenty-five years after his inspirational visit to the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre, Rick Hansen returned today to a whole new world of possibility for children and youth living with physical and developmental disabilities.


OCTC School's Children are "Cooking Up Sweet Success" with Ontario Government MPPs and Cordon Bleu Ottawa

(Ottawa, Ontario): Our elected government representatives don't generally don a chef's apron and hat to make chocolate truffles – but that's just what 3 provincial Ministers and a local MPP will be doing at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 3, at the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre's (OCTC) School at 395 Smyth Road, on the Ottawa Health Science campus.


Province Boosts Funding for Children with Special Needs Across the Greater Ottawa Region

Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre welcomes increased funding for child/youth developmental and rehabilitation services.


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