The following definitions are used Provincially to support common interpretation of key terms:

Capacity BuildingCapacity building refers to the knowledge, skills, participation, leadership, and resources to address relevant regional issues and concerns (adapted from Ontario Prevention Clearing House 2002).
CollaborationCollaboration is a process for setting collective priorities and incorporating different perspectives. This is reflected in the way people commit to working together to meet their shared goals. It allows for blending of perspectives, expertise, resources and shared accountability and responsibility.
Complex NeedsComplex needs is defined according to Policy Framework for Children and Youth with Special and Complex Needs (page 5) as children and youth that require “significant extraordinary care due to the severity of their impairment(s) and require services from more than one ministry”. Those who require such services may include children and youth:
with multiple impairments, complex mental health and health issues and/or severe behavioral needs;
- for whom all currently available resources have been utilized with limited success;
- who require fiscal and human resources that strain the capacity of any one ministry; and
- for whom there are questions about the safety of the child, youth, family, or public.
Regions may use other terms such as “Enhanced Services” to describe their service delivery model.
Low IncidenceLow incidence disabilities include:
- blind/low vision;
- deaf/hard-of-hearing;
- deaf-blind; or
- significant communications disabilities requiring the use of a speech generating communicating device.