Ontario changes course on unpopular autism funding model, minister announces

After months of protests and outrage, the province’s Progressive Conservative government will pivot away from its controversial autism funding model, Social Services Minister Todd Smith said on Monday.

In an announcement, Smith acknowledged that this February’s autism revamp — which gave families a fixed amount of money determined by their income and their child’s age — wasn’t working.

“We didn’t get the redesign right the first time. I’m here to tell you that we will now,” he said.

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