How the Ontario Autism Program can stop wasting money

Childhood Budgets (CB)

Lisa MacLeod’s failed Childhood Budget scheme was their first demonstration of irresponsible spending on autism supports.

Interim One Time Funding (IOTF)

After Lisa MacLeod was demoted, and Todd Smith brought in, change was promised, but never actually delivered in a meaningful way during his time on the file.

The new Core Services Program

The Ministry finally revealed their new funding plan in February 2021, with the first details of how core services would work.

Age brackets

A system that limits funds based on age is not needs-based. Full stop.


On the day of the announcement, this was the problem piece I noticed first.

No sliding scale

Here’s a more detailed chart of the age brackets from the Ministry website:

How it SHOULD work

The government doesn’t need to make this complicated.



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Patrick Monaghan

Patrick Monaghan

Dad to 2 kids on the spectrum. Autism Advocate.