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Referral Procedures

Niagara Children’s Centre accepts referrals from parents or legal guardians, physicians, school boards and community service providers (with parental consent).

Eligibility

General Eligibility

  • The child/youth is a resident of the Regional Municipality of Niagara
  • Programs/services are available from birth-age 21, dependent on the specific program
  • The child/youth must have a suspected or diagnosed physical, developmental and/or communication delay or disability

Program Specific Eligibility

  • The Centre offers a diverse range of programs and services. Eligibility can differ by program.
  • Please refer to our programs and services listing for program-specific eligibility criteria.
Questions?

If you have questions about eligibility or referrals, please call our Intake Coordinators at (905) 688-1890 ext. 110. 

How to Make a Referral

Parents and Legal Guardians

Parents/legal guardians can make a self-referral for:
Parent/legal guardian referrals can be made by:
  • Calling Niagara Children’s Centre Intake Coordinators at (905) 688-1890, ext. 110.
  • For ages 0-4 speech-language pathology referral:
    • Preschool Speech and Language Referral Portal (coming soon)
  • For SmartStart Hub referral:
    • SmartStart Hub Referral Portal (coming soon)
  • Parents and legal guardians of children already involved with Centre services can ask their child’s therapist(s) about eligibility for/referrals to any of the Centre’s additional programs and services.

Primary Care

Primary Care providers are able to make referrals for most Centre programs/services. See Referral Portal (coming soon) or Referral Form for a complete listing.

Primary Care providers can make referrals by:
  • Niagara Children’s Centre/Smart Start Hub Primary Care Referral Portal (coming soon)
  • Faxing a completed Niagara Children’s Centre/Smart Start Hub Primary Care Referral Form to (905) 688-9181.
Supporting Documents: 

Community Partners

Designated community partners can make referrals for the SmartStart Hub and/or core services of physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language therapy for children age 0-4* (*until August 31 of the year the child turns 4).

Community Partner referrals can be made by:

  • For age 0-4 core service(s) referrals with or without SmartStart Hub Referral:
    • Niagara Children’s Centre Referral Portal for Community Partners (coming soon)
    • Faxing a completed Niagara Children’s Centre/Smart Start Hub Referral Form for Community Partners to (905) 688-9181.
  • For SmartStart Hub referral only:
    • SmartStart Hub Referral Portal (coming soon)
Supporting Documents: