February 24, 2021
With immense regret, the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) is announcing the wind down of its operations by March 31, 2021. The Foundation’s funding renewal did not proceed as anticipated and ONF is now working with Ontario’s Ministry of Health on an orderly closure plan to ensure that as much as possible, the Foundation’s work is sustained for the benefit of the neurotrauma community.
The Foundation is proud of the advances it has achieved over its 23-year history in the quality of life for Ontarians living with a neurotrauma injury and in the prevention of these injuries. ONF is grateful to the Government of Ontario for its collaboration and support as our sole funder since ONF’s inception.
The outcomes of ONF’s work, developed by our many talented researchers, will continue to inform neurotrauma care. This work is recognized nationally and internationally and sets the standards for serving our community. On fall prevention, ONF’s efforts have provided important collaborative platforms, tools and strategies to address this critical public health concern that is the leading cause of brain injury.
As the work of ONF winds down, we are confident that the Foundation’s stakeholders will forge ahead with the Ontario government’s continuing support. Our hope is that ONF’s legacy is safeguarded, its outcomes used and its work continued. In coming weeks, we will issue additional details of the Foundation’s wind down.
The Foundation has been privileged to have a unique relationship with our community partners and, through them, with the over 500,000 Ontarians living with a neurotrauma injury. We also have been blessed by support from researchers, clinicians, related institutions and individuals from many walks of life who saw that ONF could make a difference.