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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is among the leading causes of cognitive and developmental disability among children in Canada. Approximately 1 in 100 hundred Canadians are affected by FASD.

The safest choice in pregnancy is no alcohol at all. In fact, it is best to stop drinking before you get pregnant.

Learn more about how and why to have an alcohol free pregnancy.

Our Commitment

Ontario is investing $26 million over four years to expand support for children, youth and families affected by FASD. To increase awareness of FASD, and how it can be prevented, Ontario is supporting six initiatives that will:

These initiatives will help reduce the prevalence of the disorder, increase co-ordination of services, improve the quality of life for those with FASD, and enhance support for families and caregivers.

Please continue to check back here for further updates.

FASD Provincial Roundtable Report

Ontario hosted province-wide roundtable sessions to engage with service providers, advocates, families, caregivers and individuals affected by FASD. We listened to the challenges people faced, and learned about what they believe is required to better meet their needs. Thank you to all who participated.

Read the FASD Provincial Roundtable Report from the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Children and Youth Services. The report provides a summary of what we heard through our engagement.

The province-wide roundtable sessions have now concluded.

Programs and Services

The Indigenous Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Child Nutrition Program is a program provided by Indigenous organizations across the province for families with children and youth who may have been affected by alcohol before birth.

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