Ontario’s Blind–Low Vision (BLV) Program offers services to children who are blind or have low vision, and their families. Our program is available for children from birth until 6 years of age.


Our goal is to provide you information and support so you can help your child develop the skills they need for daily activities. Services can take place in the child’s home, childcare, and community settings.


Children who are born with a visual impairment or who may develop one in early childhood are at a greater risk for:

  • Developmental delays
  • Communicative disorders


The Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre (PQCHC) coordinates services for Eastern Ontario, which includes:

  • Ottawa
  • Renfrew County
  • The United Counties of Prescott-Russell
  • The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry.

 Services are delivered in partnership with CHEO. 


How does my child qualify for the program? 

A referral to our program can be made by:

  • a physician
  • ophthalmologist
  • optometrist
  • a parent or legal guardian

Our program can offer your family services before your child has been diagnosed.

*Diagnostic testing for blindness or low vision is done by an ophthalmologist.


Contact Information: 

Tel:  613-688-3979 or 1-866-432-7447 ext. 3408.

Referrals can be faxed to 613-820-7427.


If you have concerns about your child’s vision, don’t wait. Early intervention is important and gives your child the best opportunity for healthy development.

To learn more about your child’s vision, click here.