OCTC offers a range of out-of-home respite services for families living within the City of Ottawa to give families caring for a child or youth with significant health challenges additional support.
Currently, these services include:
Respite for Medically Fragile or Technologically Dependent Children & Youth & Their Families
This service provides out-of-home, daytime respite options for families of children and youth who are medically fragile and/or technologically dependent.
To be eligible for this service, the person this family is caring for should require 24-hour support and meet the Ministry of Child & Youth Services criteria and reside within the City of Ottawa.
OCTC runs the 'Tender Tots' program for children 0-7 years at the Smyth site location on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in fall, winter and spring sessions.
During the summer months, OCTC has a partnership with the City of Ottawa's 'Spirit Program' for children/youth from 7-18 years old in community centres in the East and West end of Ottawa on Saturdays. Registration for these programs is through OCTC.
For more information or to determine if you are eligible for the services please contact Sarah Stonier:
613-737-0871, ext. 2132
Respite Programs for Children living with ASD
“Saturday Adventures” is an Out of Home Respite Program being offered to children diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum. The program focus is to provide recreation and leisure opportunities through play based activities and invited guests. Sessions to be offered beginning April 1, 2017- March 31, 2018. Click here for more information.
“Little Explorers” is a summer program that is being offered through the month of July. Two weeks will be offered beginning July 10, 2017 until July 21, 2017. The focus of this program is to provide recreation and leisure opportunities through play based activities, community outings and invited guests. The program will operate Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm at OCTC located at 395 Smyth Rd. Click here for more information.
OCTC Preschool Summer Program 2017
OCTC is pleased to offer 6 weeks of summer programming for children 3-5 years of age on the Autism Spectrum, or with a developmental or physical disability. Click here for details.
Please note that referrals to all respite programs must be made directly by the client/family. We will no longer accept referrals from service providers. Some exceptions may apply (ie. family does not speak English or French).
For further information or to receive an application form, please contact Janice Forbes, Preschool Respite Coordinator:
613-737-0871, poste 4331
Respite Programs for Youth Living with Autism Spectrum Disorder
'Weekend Warriors' is a respite program for youth aged 12-18 who have been diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum Disorder and who live in Ottawa.
‘Navigators' is a respite program for children aged 6-11 who have been diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum Disorder and who live in Ottawa.
Clients attending the program have an opportunity to participate in a variety of recreation activities such as art, music, and special outings, and to develop some simple life skills such as community safety, cooking, and social interaction with peers.
This program runs at OCTC's Thurston Drive site in the east end of Ottawa on either Saturday or Sunday (depending on the session). Sessions vary in length from 5 to 10 weeks and are generally offered from September through May.
Participants pay a fee to cover the cost of supplies and activities.
For further information or to determine if your child is eligible for this service, please contact Ashley Kenny, Recreation Therapist:
613.688.2126, ext. 4340
How to Access Our Respite Services
- First, please review the descriptions of the Respite Services that OCTC offers in the City of Ottawa (please see our Links & Resources section for other community respite services).
- Once you have an idea of which OCTC Respite Services might best match your needs, either call the number at the bottom of the description or call Intake Services at 613-737-0871, poste 4425, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information or to register.
*Please note that clients of OCTC may access services delivered through more than one Program team, please contact Intake for information.