Published on May 29, 2018

KITCHENER — An Ontario PC Government will enhance the Ontario Autism Program by adding $100 million in new funding in the 2018-2019 fiscal year, Ontario PC candidate Amy Fee announced today.

“I’ve stood with hundreds of parents at Queen’s Park devastated by the lack of support for the autism community in Ontario. I know how important it is that we give these families the resources and respect they deserve,” said Ms. Fee. “This new funding will help thousands of children get the right kind of supports they need to succeed both inside and outside of school.”

Fee also announced that an Ontario PC Government will support the expansion of the use of autism service dogs in schools across the province, a cause that Ms. Fee and her family have personally advocated for at Queen’s Park.

Backgrounder – Support for Children with Autism

The Issue:

  • One in 66 children and youth is identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
  • 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.
  • The Liberal government had overseen a system that saw waitlists for IBI therapy funding from government eclipse five years. These children have been taken off the IBI waitlist and transferred them to the ABA waitlist.


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 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.
  • Our childcare rebate also 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.