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Highlights of 2014-15 Achievements

  • As part of the Special Needs Strategy, in 2014-15 an additional $3.5M was invested in the Preschool Speech and Language Program to reduce wait times for children in need of service.
  • CPIN was declared ready for use in June 2014 and was implemented at five CASs by the end of 2014-15, representing 20% of front-line CAS staff across Ontario.
  • In 2014-15, nearly 700 youth and over 150 of their dependent children accessed the Aftercare Benefits Initiative, and 564 youth received a Living and Learning Grant (these programs are available for youth who have left the care of a CAS).
  • About one million children, in over 500,000 low- to moderate-income families are being helped by the Ontario Child Benefit.
  • The Youth Justice Outcomes Framework was launched in October 2014 to build capacity to report on four outcomes for youth receiving youth justice services. Outcomes are aligned with the Ministry's strategic framework for 2013-18 and include: improved functioning and positive social behaviours; increased skills and abilities; increased youth engagement with supports; decreased re-offending.
  • In 2014-15 the Student Nutrition Program was expanded to provide 190 new breakfast and morning meal programs so more than 31,000 children and youth were served. This is in addition to the more than 756,000 children and youth served in 2013-14.
  • In 2014-15, all 20 commitments of the Ontario Youth Action plan have been implemented and services are ongoing, providing opportunities to over 27,500 at-risk youth. For example:
    • 15,000 youth are accessing mentorship, family supports and civic engagement opportunities through 22 projects funded across the Greater Toronto Area through the Youth Opportunities Fund;
    • More than 270 part-time after-school job placements provided for youth with local police services through the expansion to the Youth in Policing Initiative;
    • 530 at-risk youth accessed pre and post-employment supports and after-school employment placements through the expansion to the Jobs for Youth Program; and
    • 4,800 more at-risk youth are engaged by Youth Outreach Workers (YOW) in nine communities province-wide. Youth who had interactions with YOWs experienced an average decrease of 2.4 risk factors and an average increase of 2.8 protective factors.