Stepping Up: A Snapshot

Stepping Up is the Government of Ontario’s framework to support the positive development of Ontario youth aged 12 to 25.

Framework Components

Stepping Up provides a platform for all those involved in supporting Ontario youth to come together, be informed by one clear vision and be inspired by a set of guiding principles, while working towards common goals.

Common Vision: The vision of Stepping Up is that together we will support all young people to become healthy, safe, hopeful, engaged, educated and contributing members of their communities and our province.

Guiding Principles

The following principles—grounded in positive youth development—guided the development of Stepping Up:

Common Goals

Stepping Up consists of seven themes and 20 related outcomes that evidence indicates are important for the positive development of Ontario’s youth. The themes are based on what was heard from young people and experts. The outcomes represent the Government of Ontario’s priorities for youth.

Health & Wellness

Strong, Supportive Friends & Families

Education, Training & Apprenticeships

Employment & Entrepreneurship

Diversity, Social Inclusion & Safety

Civic Engagement & Youth Leadership

Coordinated & Youth-Friendly Communities