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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a fee for the programs and services offered at The Centre for Dreams?

There is a program fee for our services. We offer 3, 4, and 5 day options for attending the program. Although we cannot subsidize the fee for program, members can use their funding, Passports funding or ODSP in order to help cover the costs to attend the program. Monthly fees are as follows:  3 days per week = $1,068 per month 4 days per week = $1,552 per month and 5 days per week = $1,944 per month.

If I make a donation, can I decide what my money is used for?

When making a donation you can decide to become a one time donor or a monthy donor.  You can also decide if you would like to specify where your donation goes.  For example, you can choose to have your donation directed to our culinary program.  Simply tell us in the message box on the donation page.  Click the "DONATE" at the top of the home page to make your donation now.  

What qualifies a person to receive services from The Centre for Dreams?

The Centre for Dreams provides services for individuals over the age of 18 that are diagnosed with a developmental disability.  Individuals can also have a physical disability and/or be dually diagnosed.

What are the hours of program at The Centre for Dreams?

Our program hours are 9:00am to 4:00pm.  However, our office hours are 8:00am-4:30pm.

Can I interview a staff member of The Centre for Dreams?

We would be happy to share with you what an amazing organization we have. You are welcome to email us 10 clearly written questions via email and we will respond within a week. However, we always recommend an in person interview during program hours (9am-4pm weekdays) to truly experience what The Centre for Dreams is truly about!

Do you offer tours of your facility?

If you are interested in a tour of our amazing facility, please call us at 905-209- 9092 to make arrangements with one of our staff.  We ask that you give us at least five days notice to ensure time availability.

Does The Centre for Dreams offer summer programming?

Yes, we offer programming for those indivdiuals that are beginning to transition from high school to full time programs.   We also offer this transitional programming during March Break and PA days.

Does The Centre for Dreams offer parent relief or respite?

The Centre for Dreams offers day supports only. There is no respite offered on the weekend or during the evening.

Does The Centre for Dreams get funding from the government?

The Centre for Dreams receives a foundation grant annually from the Ministry of Community and Social Services. The grant only accounts for 14% of our annual income. The remaining income is received through our members’ fees, donors and fundraising initiatives.

Can I volunteer at The Centre for Dreams?

Volunteer involvement is essential to the success of our organization. We value your innovative and individualized ideas. Through careful recruitment, selection and supervision, our volunteers work in partnership with our dedicated staff to enhance our services and to achieve your personal and professional goals. 

To apply, please complete the application and submit it in person or via email

Do you provide field education or co-op placements for High School, College or University students?

Yes, we are committed to providing meaningful and challenging volunteer student placements.  Please contact Michelle Del Carmen, President for more information and visit our section regarding co-op placements.

If I make a donation, can I direct my money for a specific program or purpose?

We encourage donors to direct their gifts toward the type of programming or resource that is most meaningful to them, and we welcome new suggestions for fund usage. On our website donation page, there is also a section in which you can select from pre-chosen uses for your donation. 

Does The Centre for Dreams provide transportation to and from program?

The Centre for Dreams does not provide transportation to and from our program.  We do provide transportation while in program.  We will assist members and their families to obtain Mobility Plus transportation.

What is the ratio of members to staff?

Our ratio is 1:5.  However, we do have indivduals that require more assistance.  Those individuals are required to come to program with a 1:1 worker to best meet their needs.

Is The Centre for Dreams a registered charity with Canada Revenue Agency?

Yes, The Centre for Dreams is a registered charity with Canada Revenue Agency.  This allows us to provide tax receipts for donations made.  Our Charitable Tax Number is 89545 8404 RR0001.

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