Ontario Autism Program

The Ontario Autism Program

The Ontario Autism Program (OAP) provides evidence-based behavioural services that are flexible, individualized and based on a child’s unique needs and strengths.

The key components of the new program include:

  • A single point of access. There will be one entry point to the OAP to make it easier for families to access services for their child.
  • Family-centered decision making. As key partners in their child’s care, families will be actively engaged in the assessment, goal-setting and intervention planning process for their child.
  • Collaborative approach to service. A foundation of the new OAP will be the collaborative approach taken by community support service providers, clinicians and educators to support children’s needs at home, during service and in school.
  • Service based on need. Services will be flexible and individualized. The intensity and duration of the services a child or youth receives is based on their needs and strengths, regardless of age. Each child’s service plan will be determined by clinical assessment.
  • A direct funding option. A new direct funding option will be implemented by the end of this year. This will provide all families with a choice between receiving direct service or receiving funding to purchase their child’s service.
  • Safe, effective autism services. The province intends to regulate ABA practitioners to help ensure families receive safe, high-quality services, have confidence in their providers and know where to go if they have a concern.
Children will enter into the Ontario Autism Program over the next several months as smoothly and seamlessly as possible. The OAP will be fully in place by spring 2018.

For more information on the new OAP, please visit the MCYS website at http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/specialneeds/autism/ontario-autism-program.aspx


Letter to Parents from Minister Coteau – April 5, 2017

Letter to Parents from Minister Coteau – June 22, 2017


Referral Criteria

Children and youth from birth to 18 years of age are eligible for the Ontario Autism Program with a documented diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
If you live within the Ministry of Children and Youth Services Central Region of Ontario, which is comprised of
Halton, Dufferin, Peel, Waterloo & Wellington contact the central intake line.


Intake Information

Health professionals, families and clients can contact Intake Services for the Central Region at ErinoakKids.

Phone: 905-855-2690 then press 1

Toll Free: 1-877-374-6625 then press 1


ErinoakKids is open for your calls Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For more information on Referrals, please visit http://www.erinoakkids.ca/Services/Accessing-Services/Referrals.aspx

Additional Information:

Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services
69 Flatt Road
Burlington, ON L7P 0T3

Halton: (905) 689-4727
Hamilton: (905) 689-4727
Brant: (519) 752-5308
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