Stepping Up in 2016: Executive Summary

In the past year, Stepping Up informed the design and delivery of government initiatives for youth across all seven themes identified in the framework. These initiatives created opportunities that promote well-being; support families, friends and caregivers; recognize diversity; and help youth get the education and employment opportunities they need to reach their full potential.

What the Numbers Say

Ontario launched, expanded or enhanced 82 strategies, programs or initiatives for youth since the release of the 2015 Stepping Up Annual Report.

The Premier’s Council on Youth Opportunities met six times to voice the experiences of vulnerable youth and share its insights on government programs and policies. The council hosted Listening Tours in ten communities across the province to learn about issues important to youth.

Twenty-five provincial ministries collaborated to support youth and capture progress in the 2016 Stepping Up Annual Report.

The Stepping Up website had more than 5,350 unique visits in the last year, and the 2015 Stepping Up Annual Report, Executive Summary and Inventory of Youth Programs 2015 were downloaded 2,500 times by community organizations, youth workers, parents and other allies.

Supporting Youth Well-Being

Ontario supported programs and services across all seven themes of youth well-being this year. Highlights include:

Health & Wellness

Strong, Supportive Friends & Families

Education, Training & Apprenticeships

Employment & Entrepreneurship

Diversity, Social Inclusion & Safety

Civic Engagement & Youth Leadership

Coordinated & Youth-Friendly Communities

2016 Profile of Youth Wellbeing

Data was updated for 34 indicators and 14 outcomes.