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A Sustained Commitment to Supporting Ontario's Youth

Building on the framework components, Stepping Up also includes a renewed commitment from the Government of Ontario to supporting the wellbeing of Ontario's youth.

Ontario's Profile of Youth Wellbeing

In addition to establishing a common vision and principles and articulating our priorities for youth, the Government of Ontario is making a commitment to provide a picture of how Ontario's youth are doing.

For each of the 20 outcomes discussed in Stepping Up, one or more indicators have been selected to assess the experiences of youth. These indicators are presented at the end of each outcome section. As a whole, the indicators presented in Stepping Up provide a strong basis for us to understand how youth are doing in Ontario and to monitor changes in their experiences over time. The indicators presented throughout Stepping Up have been selected based on available data about youth in Ontario. In some places, you may find that the indicators do not perfectly measure all aspects of each outcome – this is due to limitations in the availability of research and data. As new data becomes available, we will continue to enhance the indicators used in Stepping Up to be sure we can tell the most complete possible story about how youth are doing.

Collectively, the outcomes and indicators presented in Stepping Up have been compiled together to form the Profile of Youth Wellbeing (see cross-cutting actions) which will be used as a resource to describe and monitor the overall state of youth wellbeing in the province over time. This profile provides a platform for ongoing, evidence-based dialogue about changes related to these priorities and outcomes. As a part of the Profile of Youth Wellbeing, the Government of Ontario is committing to present an annual update on the wellbeing of youth in conjunction with future Poverty Reduction Strategy Annual Reports. Although the profile does not describe the experiences of individual youth, it provides the questions that we can ask young people about how they are faring. Through ongoing annual reports on youth wellbeing, the Province will consider the different experiences that specific groups of young people may be facing.

Cross-Cutting Actions

In order to support progress toward our desired outcomes for youth, the Government of Ontario is committing to a number of cross-cutting actions. These actions focus on setting the conditions for success and maximizing the efforts of all those who are working to support youth. We want to do a better job of identifying needs, monitoring progress, enabling innovation and supporting effective practices. We recognize that there are a number of areas where changes are required across sectors in order to facilitate progress. In order to establish these foundations for success, we are committed to:

  1. Provide sustained, positive-oriented leadership
  2. Focus on the needs of marginalized youth
  3. Support collaboration, local planning and partnership
  4. Increase youth voice in design and delivery of services
  5. Increase capacity to better serve diverse and marginalized youth
  6. Support research and evaluation
  7. Provide updates and information on the wellbeing of Ontario's youth

For more information on these cross-cutting actions, see PART 4.

Each of the following theme sections in Stepping Up includes:

  • An explanation of why the theme is important to youth and to Ontario
  • A snapshot of what is happening in the lives of young Ontarians
  • A description of the government's priorities, based on evidence about what youth need to succeed
  • An outcome associated with each priority, together with indicators that will be tracked within the Profile of Youth Wellbeing to assess that outcome
  • An overview of provincial initiatives and steps being taken to support youth in achieving these outcomes
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