Our young people are Ontario’s greatest resource. To build Ontario’s economy, its people and communities must succeed. The ministry is working with its partners to build up our young people to secure the future for all Ontarians.

Key investments are listed below.

  • On March 29, 2016, Ontario announced an investment of $333 million over five years to launch the new Ontario Autism Program to make it easier for families to access services for their children by reducing wait times, providing more flexible services based on children's needs, and serving more children and youth.
  • On June 28, 2016, Ontario announced an additional $200 million investment over four years to enhance supports for families as they transition to the new Ontario Autism Program, and to accelerate the program by one year to begin implementation in June 2017.
    • On May 18, 2017 Ontario announced that a new, permanent direct funding option will be available in the new Ontario Autism Program (OAP), by the end of 2017. This will give families more options for obtaining the supports and services needed for their children. Families will be able to choose between receiving direct service or receiving funding to purchase services for their child.
  • In June 2016, as part of the Ontario First Nations Health Action Plan and The Journey Together: Ontario’s Commitment to Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, the government announced new annual investments, reaching up to $23 million at maturity, for Indigenous youth life promotion and suicide prevention initiatives. The ministry is working with First Nations, Métis, Inuit and urban Indigenous partners to invest in services and supports at the community level.
  • On April 11, 2016, Ontario announced that the Youth Opportunities Fund would be expanded to a total of $12.95 million and that 31 grassroots projects will receive $7.7 million from the fund to help at-risk youth across communities in Ontario succeed. Projects focus on youth who are in the child welfare or youth justice systems and children with special needs.
  • On August 8, 2016, Ontario announced a $1.6 million investment to ensure The Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes' facilities are in good repair and support its role as a community hub. The investment will allow Chimo Youth and Family Services to share the facility with The Boys and Girls Clubs and will help the agencies share supports and services to better meet the needs of the Kawartha Lakes children, youth and their families.
  • On October 31, 2016, Ontario invested $24 million in new supports for families adopting crown wards, including the new Living and Learning Grants program to help cover the costs of postsecondary education.
  • On December 5, 2016, Ontario announced $600,000 towards the expansion of special needs care at the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario to help children and youth with special needs and their families receive better care close to home.
  • On December 9, 2016, Ontario announced $3.2 million in capital funding to Hands, for the North East Ontario Family Help and Treatment Centre in North Bay. The new facility will allow the organization to provide even more families in the region with access to critical programming, including autism services, child and youth mental health counselling and prenatal, infant and child development services.
  • On January 12, 2017, Ontario announced over $500,000 in capital funding to Five Counties Children’s Centre in Cobourg to consolidate their footprint, provide more adequate space and enhance a community hub for the children and youth in Northumberland County.
  • On January 25, 2017, Ontario announced an investment of $3.4 million over five years for Kids Help Phone’s Resources Around Me tool.
  • In March 2017, construction began on a youth centre in Attawapiskat to provide space to deliver youth programming and mental health services to improve outcomes for children in the community.
  • On May 19, 2017, Ontario announced an investment of up to $31 million over four years to help Grandview Children’s Centre build a new treatment space for children and youth with special needs in Durham region.
Table: Ministry Planned Expenditures 2017-18 ($M)
Operating Capital TOTAL
$4,478,752,800 $58,143,500 $4,536,896,300