Ontario Increasing Opportunities for Black Children, Youth and Families
Black Youth Action Plan to Support Education, Employment
Ontario is increasing opportunities for Black children, youth and families through new services and supports in communities across the province.
Today, Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism, held a roundtable discussion with Black youth, community leaders and youth sector service providers to talk about the implementation of the Ontario Black Youth Action Plan.
The plan -- released this month as part of A Better Way Forward: Ontario's 3-Year Anti-Racism Strategic Plan -- will help eliminate systemic, race-based disparities for Black children and youth. The four-year, $47 million plan will support 10,800 Black children, youth and their families in schooling, postsecondary education and employment, as well as those in conflict with the law.
New investments will be available in communities including the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, Ottawa and Windsor, based on need.
Specific initiatives in the plan will be developed based on discussions with the community and through an implementation steering committee, to ensure that recommendations from Black community leaders are reflected in ongoing work.
Eliminating systemic racism and advancing racial equity is part of Ontario's plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- Minister Coteau made a Statement in the Ontario legislature today to recognize the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which is commemorated annually on March 21.
- Black youth make up 41 per cent of the youth in the care of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto – five times their representation in the overall population.
- Black students become “early leavers” of high school at higher rates – in Toronto, 23 per cent, compared to 12 per cent of white students.
- Black youth across the province are unemployed at nearly two times the provincial rate.
“The collective contributions of Black youth, leaders and organizations are a vital component of our plan to improve the futures of Black children, youth and their families. This is a real plan to fix a real problem, and we will continue to work collaboratively to achieve our goals.”