The Multicultural Clinic was created in 1996 to meet the needs of children newly arrived to Canada. It was noted that children new to Canada often had different needs to children who were born here, and families with cultural, linguistic and religious differences needed respect and understanding.
In some cases, children are suffering from diseases rarely seen in Canada. Some children seen in the clinic come from war zones where they lived in refugee camps. They and their families may have mental health issues because of their experiences.