Ontario’s Profile of Youth Wellbeing

The 2015 Profile of Youth Wellbeing includes 20 outcomes and 55 indicators selected to create a picture of how young people are doing in Ontario. The indicators in the profile include publicly reported population-level data and administrative data from government programs. Ontario-based data is used wherever available. Indicators reflect many different data sources and should not be directly compared with one another.

The profile helps tell the story of the government’s priorities for young people as it tracks progress in improving outcomes for youth. It is part of the ongoing commitment to better understand the needs and experiences of youth in our communities. Ontario is using the profile to inform policy and program design for youth that is grounded in evidence.

What’s Changed in 2015

Indicator Summary
Number of indicators updated 24
Number of indicators unchanged 21
Number of indicators replaced 8
Number of indicators added 4
Total 57

Incremental Changes

The 2015 Profile of Youth Wellbeing demonstrates continued incremental changes in outcomes for youth.

Twenty-four indicators in the 2015 profile were updated with new data from existing sources. Of these, 15 indicators showed small changes in the desired direction, while nine showed small changes against the desired direction.

The profile is now in its third year, and trends are emerging for several indicators. For example:

Small changes to the profile are expected after two updates, and changes may not be statistically significant. They are influenced by many factors and should be considered in the context of the individual data (e.g., source, sample size, type and time of data collection). A description of each indicator and data source is available in the Appendix.

A Living Profile

Photo of two youth, one male and one female, working on sidings of building.

Gaps continue to appear in tracking progress for youth; the indicators are only as good as the data available. That’s why the profile is a living resource. Ontario continues to search for meaningful sources where existing data can be improved.

This year, eight indicators were replaced because data sources were no longer available or better measures were found. For example: the indicator "the proportion of youth who have a postsecondary certificate or diploma" was replaced with "the proportion of adults who have completed postsecondary education."

As part of the commitment to reduce youth violence through the enhanced Youth Action Plan, a new indicator was added to the profile on the youth violent crime rate.

The profile will continue to be improved so it better reflects the experiences of young people in Ontario. This will clarify how all of Ontario’s youth are doing and help align initiatives to strengthen positive outcomes for youth.

Youth Facing Barriers to Success

Looking beyond the profile, data continues to suggest that some groups of youth experience challenges more acutely than others.

Ontario continues to look for data that will help us better understand and represent the experiences of youth facing these challenges, and support improved outcomes for them across the province.

Ontario Profile of Youth Wellbeing

Arrow pointing down, indicator has changed in a negative direction Decrease since 2014 report
Arrow pointing up, indicator has changed in the desired direction Increase since 2014 report
No change in data since 2014 report No change in data since 2014 report
No new data since 2014 report No new data since 2014 report
Replaced indicator from 2014 report Replaced indicator from 2014 report
New indicator since 2014 report New indicator since 2014 report
Notes: A blue arrow means that the indicator has changed in a positive direction. A red arrow means that the indicator has changed in a negative direction

Theme: Health & Wellness

Ontario youth are physically healthy.

Ontario youth feel mentally well.

Ontario youth make choices that support healthy and safe development.

Theme: Strong, Supportive Friends & Families

Ontario youth have families and guardians equipped to help them thrive.

Ontario youth have at least one consistent, caring adult in their lives.

Ontario youth form and maintain healthy, close relationships.

Theme: Education, Training & Apprenticeships

Ontario youth achieve academic success.

Ontario youth have educational experiences that respond to their needs and prepare them to lead.

Ontario youth access diverse training and apprenticeship opportunities.

Theme: Employment & Entrepreneurship

Ontario youth have opportunities for meaningful employment experiences.

Ontario youth have the skills and resources needed to develop a successful career or business.

Ontario youth are safe and supported at work.

Theme: Diversity, Social Inclusion & Safety

Ontario youth experience social inclusion and value diversity.

Ontario youth feel safe at home, at school, online and in their communities.

Ontario youth respect, and are respected by, the law and justice system.

Theme: Civic Engagement and Youth Leadership

Ontario youth play a role in informing the decisions that affect them.

Ontario youth are engaged in their communities.

Ontario youth leverage their assets to address social issues.

Theme: Coordinated & Youth-Friendly Communities

Ontario youth have access to safe spaces that provide quality opportunities for play and recreation.

Ontario youth know about and easily navigate resources in their communities.