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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. Based on the World Health Organization FASD prevalence study, released by Dr. Lana Popova, FASD prevalence amongst elementary school students is likely to range between 2-3 percent. This is double or possibly even triple previous FASD prevalence estimates of approximately 1 percent.

There is no known safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy. 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 initiatives to:

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 read Parliamentary Assistant Sophie Kiwala’s most recent letter for further updates.

FASD Provincial Roundtable Report

In 2015, 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.

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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