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  • December 09, 2014


December 9, 2014- Ontario is helping 10,000 more children with speech and language difficulties by reducing wait times for speech and language services.

Additional funding is being provided to Ontario’s 31 Preschool Speech and Language lead agencies which provide services to children with communications challenges from birth to the time they start school. These services include: 

  • Assessment of a child’s communication skills
  • Interventions such as parent workshops, group therapy and individual therapy
  • Transition planning when a child is eligible to start school
  • Referrals to other agencies if needed

This year, Children’s Centre Thunder Bay will receive an additional $34,515. This funding will help children in Thunder Bay get the support they need sooner.

Supporting children and youth to reach their full potential is part of the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.


“Addressing speech and language difficulties at the preschool stage helps prepare children to learn and succeed in school, and in life.  I am pleased that our government is able to provide this additional funding to assist Children’s Centre Thunder Bay in the good work that they do within our community and region towards supporting children’s development.”
-       Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan

I’m delighted in our government’s support of the Children’s Centre Thunder Bay. By investing in speech and language programs, we are helping children and youth obtain academic success and ensuring they reach their full potential.”
-       Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North

 “As we know, Speech and Language acquisition is a huge predictor of success across a number of domains including learning, mental health, as well as social and emotional functioning.  Knowing that there are very long waitlists for pre-school speech and language, combined with the challenges of providing services across the city and district of Thunder Bay, this funding is for sure a wonderful step in the right direction.  The Children’s Centre Thunder Bay looks forward to working collaboratively with the Government as well as our many community partners to improve access to services for our youngest and most vulnerable children.”
-       Diane Walker, Executive Director, Children’s Centre Thunder Bay



  • The Ontario government is increasing funding by almost $7 million over the next two years to the Preschool Speech and Language Program, which is delivered through 31 lead agencies across the province. 
  • Children’s Centre Thunder Bay serves approximately 983 kids every year.
  • About one in 10 children needs help developing speech and language skills.
  • Services through Ontario's Preschool Speech and Language Program are free of cost and do not require a doctor's referral.



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