National autism strategy

Learn about Canada's national autism strategy and the existing federal initiatives to support the community.

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National autism strategy updates

The Government of Canada is committed to improving the health and well-being of people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and to supporting caregivers. We're also committed to working collaboratively with provinces, territories, families, individuals with ASD, and stakeholders toward the creation of a national autism strategy.

We're investing $1.46 million in a broad and inclusive engagement process to:

The Canadian Academy of Health Sciences is leading this process, and is a neutral, independent, not-for-profit that:

The academy will develop a final report on autism. It will consider a wide range of views and evidence-based information to inform the development of a strategy by the Government of Canada.

The academy is consulting and engaging with:

Access updated information about the academy’s consultation and engagement process on their website.

Existing federal initiatives

Addressing the complex and diverse needs of individuals with ASD and their families/caregivers requires a coordinated effort with all levels of government. The following information outlines other Government of Canada initiatives that benefit people with ASD.

Autism and Intellectual Disabilities Knowledge Exchange Network (AIDE Canada)

AIDE Canada provides people with ASD and their families/caregivers with access to:

In addition, 6 AIDE Canada locations across the country provide a place to access resources and supports in person.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Strategic Fund

This fund is providing $9.1 million over 5 years for community-based projects that support people with ASD, their families/caregivers and communities by:

Employment and Social Development Canada

Employment and Social Development Canada's initiatives include the Enabling Accessibility Fund and the Social Development Partnerships program.

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