Autism: National autism strategy

Bill S-203, the Federal Framework on Autism Spectrum Disorder Act received Royal Assent on March 30, 2023. This legislation outlines a commitment for the development of a federal framework designed to support Autistic Canadians, their families and caregivers.

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National autism strategy updates

The Government of Canada is committed to improving the health and well-being of people on the autism spectrum and to supporting caregivers. We're also committed to creating a national strategy for autism (also known as autism spectrum disorder or ASD) by working with:

We invested $1.67 million in a broad and inclusive assessment process to:

The Canadian Academy of Health Sciences led this process. They're a neutral and independent not-for-profit organization that:

The academy developed a final report on autism that considers evidence-based information and a wide range of views from:

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National autism conference

We hosted a national conference on November 15 and 16, 2022 to bring together the views of:

We'll use what we learned from the conference to solidify our priorities and help develop a national autism strategy.

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Existing federal initiatives

These Government of Canada initiatives also benefit Autistic people in Canada.

Autism and Intellectual Disabilities Knowledge Exchange Network (AIDE Canada)

AIDE Canada gives people on the autism spectrum, their families and caregivers access to:

There are 6 AIDE Canada locations across the country where you can access resources and supports in person.

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Autism Spectrum Disorder Strategic Fund

This fund is providing $9.1 million over 5 years for community-based projects that support people in the autism community by:

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Employment and Social Development Canada

Employment and Social Development Canada's initiatives include the:

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