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Expanding Opportunities for Youth in At-Risk Communities

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Expanding Opportunities for Youth in At-Risk Communities

McGuinty Government Building Stronger Neighbourhoods through Youth Action Plan

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Ontario is expanding the After School Program in Toronto's 13 priority neighbourhoods and to York, Peel, Durham and Halton regions as part of the Youth Action Plan.

This expansion will help 2,100 more children and young people in 64 locations get the chance to participate in fun, safe, supervised activities that focus on: 

  • Physical activity, recreation and sport to encourage active lifestyles.
  • Healthy eating and nutrition education to help combat childhood obesity.
  • Personal health and wellness education to promote self-esteem.

The expansion of the After School Program is part of the McGuinty government's provincewide Youth Action Plan, which is getting guns and gangs off the streets, providing positive alternatives for youth and ensuring safer communities and neighbourhoods for all Ontarians.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2009, 54,000 children and youth across Ontario have participated in the After School Program.
  • Children and young people in poverty are more likely to be overweight or obese and face a number of barriers, including access to affordable community recreation programs and healthy food.
  • Ontario’s Youth Action Plan will benefit an additional 13,000 young people each year by moving forward on 20 initiatives, including expanding the After School Program.
  • Ontario is investing over $20 million in new funding to support the Youth Action Plan.

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Michael Chan

“Active play, good nutrition and the best possible mentorship come together in our After School Program to make a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable young people. Our government’s continued investment to support families in priority neighbourhoods across Ontario is one more facet of Premier McGuinty’s vision for a better future for our children.”

Michael Chan

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“Our Youth Plan Action is already making a real difference in the lives of young people in priority neighbourhoods. We’ve taken immediate action by expanding our After-School Programs - but the Youth Action Plan also includes a long term commitment to support young people living in disadvantaged neighbourhoods.”

Laurel Broten

Minister of Children and Youth Services



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