Children’s Out of Home Respite

How and Where to Apply

Families are encouraged to apply for service by contacting the intake facilitator in the Service Planning Coordinator in one of the following ways:

Phone: 705 445-6351 ext. 328
Fax: 705 445-6313
Or in person at 100 Pretty River Parkway North in Collingwood.
The Service Planning Coordinator will assist individuals and families with any and all aspects of their application.


Eligibility is determined through the application and inquiry process through the Service Planning Coordinator.   All applicants must be:

  • under 18 years of age
  • have a developmental disability which may be coupled with medical fragility and/or physical limitations
  • live at home

Wait Times for Service

All applicants are informed of the admission decision within 10 days of presentation at the E3 Admissions Committee. Applicants may be put on a needs list and wait times for placement may vary depending on the specific support required and the staff resources available.


A needs list is prioritized on the basis of applicant and family pressures related to health, behaviours and other family circumstances. The following scenarios are typically give high placement priority:

  • child with a developmental disability coupled with complex medical needs
  • children whose family needs time to focus on the family dynamics with their other children and the relationships of the adults in the family
  • child with Autism Spectrum and behavioural problems coupled with a developmental disability

Due to the complexity and variability of family circumstances, placement priorities are determined on a case-by-case basis.