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Building a Stronger Ontario Through Youth Engagement

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 Ontario is investing in two initiatives that will shape the next generation of leaders through involvement in local community building activities.

Sixty-one organizations in 23 communities across Ontario will provide mentorship, leadership training and foster community engagement for newcomer youth through the Youth Opportunities Program. Through these projects, youth will learn marketable skills they can use to help to strengthen their communities.

The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative encourages thousands of high school students to research social issues and advocate solutions for their community in partnership with local charities.

Investing in the skills and talents of all Ontarians is part of the McGuinty government's plan to support our not-for-profit sector, strengthen our communities and grow our economy.


"I am inspired by the commitment and the passion of our youth. They are proof that young people want to and can make a difference. They show us, through their contributions to building stronger communities, that youth really can change the world and build a brighter future for all Ontarians." - Dr. Eric Hoskins Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

"We are looking forward to building - with the Province and kids - classrooms and communities that inspire compassion and engage young people in the process of giving back. YPI teaches students how to become agents of positive change. Through education and practical experience, they will lead the world into the future with an informed understanding of what is needed and how to find solutions." - Julie Toskan-Casale President, Toskan-Casale Foundation


  • Ontario is providing $2.1 million to 61 organizations through the Youth Opportunities Program.
  • The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative will receive $500,000 over two years to expand into more communities and school boards.
  • Since 2002, 81,518 Ontario grade 9 and 10 students have participated in Youth and Philanthropy Initiative.
  • Five million Ontarians volunteer more than 800 million hours annually - equivalent to 420,000 full-time jobs.


The full government press release may be viewed here as a pdf.
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