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Regional Respite

Niagara Training & Employment Agency (NTEC) operates a regional respite program for children with special needs. This program is a resource of last resort for individuals with high needs.


  • Located in Niagara Falls, Ontario at the Donald L. Reilly Centre
  • Wheelchair accessible six-bed planned respite program
  • Operates from Friday to Sunday throughout the year
  • Availability includes weekend respite as well as full week day support during July and August
  • Some assistance may be available for transportation in unique situations for a fee
  • The fees for the program are:
    • Full Weekend: $100.00
    • Day support: $50.00
    • Summer Camp: $50.00/day


  • The program has been designed and the respite schedule is set to meet the diverse needs of the children and youth attending the program
  • Trained and qualified staff provide support to children and youth who have complex needs in a professional and compassionate manner
  • Participants in the program take part in fun and engaging activities at the Donald L. Reilly Centre and in the community
  • Respite staff members support the development of meaningful peer relationships among the participants in the program  

Criteria for Admission

  • Five to 17.5 years of age with any disability
  • No other respite being used
  • Living in Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Pelham, Port Colborne, Welland or Thorold
  • All referrals to the program are made through Contact Niagara at 905-684-3407

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