In the Speech from the Throne, the federal government announces that it will establish Centres of Excellence for Children’s Well-Being as part of its contribution to the National Children’s Agenda. The government commits $20 million over five years for the development of five Centres. The mandate of the Centres is to ensure that advanced knowledge is disseminated more broadly among diverse audiences.

1997 – January 1999:

Health Canada holds discussions with a range of stakeholders across the Country to develop models for the Centres.

February 1999:

The Minister of Health, Allan Rock, announces the creation of an Interim National Expert Advisory Committee (INEAC) to guide and advise on the development and implementation of the Centres.

March – April 1999:

Health Canada conducts a search for children’s issues of national significance which could be addressed over the five years. Over 400 stakeholders participate across the country.

November 1999 – January 2000:

Health Canada calls for Letters of Intent (LOI) from groups interested in becoming one of the five Centres of Excellence. Over seventy letters of intent are received with one from our National Proposal Steering Committee chaired by Dr. Julia O’Sullivan and Dr. Mark Howe of Lakehead University.

February 2000 – March 2000:

We are invited to submit a detailed proposal. Dr. Julia O’Sullivan (Lakehead) and Shirley Tagalik (Government of Nunavut) appear before the Interim National Expert Advisory Committee in March 2000 to present our proposal.

October 2000:

The Minister of Health announces the establishment of five Centres of Excellence for Children’s Well-Being. The Centre for Special Needs is awarded to the national consortium led by Lakehead University. Health Canada requests that all five Centres spend the first six months of their term revising their original proposals to reflect recommendations made by the Interdepartmental Review Committee and Interim National Expert Advisory Committee.

November 2000 – January 2001:

Our Consortium consults with our partners and others across rural and northern Canada. These consultations result in a revised proposal.

In December 2000, Lakehead University names Biloski House (954 Oliver Road) as the national office for our Centre.

February 2001:

Our Revised Proposal is submitted to Health Canada.

April 2001:

Health Canada organizes a meeting in Ottawa involving the principals from all five Centres of Excellence for Children’s Well-Being to facilitate communication among the Centres. Health Canada develops a listserv and all stakeholders are given access.

The Centre of Excellence for Children &
Adolescents with Special Needs:

Call:  (807) 343-8219  Fax:  (807) 346-7991 

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