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325 Wellington Street North, Hamilton, ON, Phone: 905-521-2100 Ext: 44446
Fax: 905-318-2805

The state-of-the-art Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre (RJCHC) is a secondary site of McMaster Children’s Hospital (MCH), one of the top children's hospitals in Canada and recognized globally. MCH opened in 1972, and is one of only three children's hospitals in Ontario. 

The RJCHC site offers outpatient services focused on child rehabilitation and developmental, behavioural, and mental health. Its prosthetics and orthotics program – the largest in the country – serves both children and adults across Canada.

Mission Statement

Our Story

In 2021/22, the McMaster Children's Hospital Autism Program launched both the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) Caregiver-Mediated Early Years Services and the OAP Entry to School Services as regional lead, while also becoming the primary provider of OAP Urgent Response Services in the Hamilton area. In addition, 860 unique children and youth received service through OAP Foundational Family Services at the RJCHC. 

As of April 1, 2022, McMaster Children’s Hospital, one of 21 Children’s Treatment Centres/Surrey Place across Ontario, is now designated as an MCCSS SmartStart Hubs to streamline early access and identification, build stronger connections with formal and informal partner providers, and support for families that focus on strengths and needs. These services are also located at the RJCHC. 

Services Client Demographics

Located in Hamilton’s downtown core, RJCHC serves families living in the community and throughout the region. The building itself was purposefully constructed to provide a welcoming, nurturing space for patients, their families, and the community, and has received awards for its unique, environmentally-friendly design. 

Services delivered at the RJCHC are centred on developmental, behavioral, and mental health. The site has seen more than 20,000 unique clients served through in-person and virtual visits despite the impacts of the pandemic.

These services include:

  • Audiology
  • Autism Program
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnostic Hub - West Region
  • Cleft Lip and Palate Tea
  • Extensive Needs Service (ENS)
  • Hamilton Psychiatry Consultation
  • Preschool Communication Services
  • Prosthetics & Orthotics
  • Regional Child & Youth Mental Health Programs
  • Regional Child Development & Rehabilitation Programs
  • Spina Bifida Clinic
  • And more 

Our Partners

McMaster Children's Hospital is a Hamilton Health Sciences hospital.

Learn More About Us

Learn more about Hamilton Health Sciences, McMaster Children's Hospital, and all activities at the Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre here


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