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Looking Forward—Stepping Ahead

In the year ahead, the province will launch a number of programs and initiatives that support strategies that were announced this year, including:

Strategies and Programs Supporting Outcomes

Child Protection Services

Lead: Ministry of Children and Youth Services

In Ontario, child protection services are delivered exclusively by children’s aid societies and Indigenous child well-being societies. The Child and Family Services Act, 1990 governs the work of these societies, other aspects of residential care for children and youth with special needs, and other services and supports provided to vulnerable children, youth and families.

Upcoming:

Licensed Child and Youth Residential Services

Lead: Ministry of Children and Youth Services

Child and youth licensed residential settings include group homes, foster homes, provincially operated facilities, and youth justice open and secure custody/detention facilities.

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Promoting Well-Being

Lead: Ministry of Education

In fall 2016, the Ministry of Education began engaging with its education and community partners and others to inform a shared vision of student well-being in Ontario’s publicly funded schools.

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Youth Justice Education and Skills Training Success Strategy

Lead: Ministry of Children and Youth Services

The strategy’s goals are to improve educational achievement, enhance skills attainment and increase school engagement for youth in or at risk for conflict with the law.

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Ontario Student Assistance Program

Lead: Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) supports qualified students and their families through grants and loans to help pay for university or college.

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Indigenous Education Strategy

Lead: Ministry of Education

Ontario’s Indigenous Education Strategy sets the foundation to improve student achievement and well-being among First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. It also helps close the achievement gap between Indigenous students and non-Indigenous students.

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Ontario Indigenous Children and Youth Strategy

Lead: Ministry of Children and Youth Services

Ontario is working together with First Nations, Métis, Inuit and urban Indigenous partners to implement the Ontario Indigenous Children and Youth Strategy.

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Commitment to Address Systemic Racism and Discrimination

Lead: Cabinet Office

Government is working toward eliminating systemic racism and ensuring people in Ontario benefit equally from public polices, programs and services. The new Inclusion, Diversity and Anti-Racism Division was established in February 2017 as the focal point for inclusion, diversity and anti-racism.

New! Released in early 2017, A Better Way Forward: Ontario’s 3-Year Anti-Racism Strategic Plan is the province’s commitment to breaking down barriers and creating fair and equitable outcomes for everyone.

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Ontario Black Youth Action Plan

Lead: Ministry of Children and Youth Services

New! Through the new Ontario Black Youth Action Plan, the government is investing $47 million over the next four years to support 10,800 Black children, youth and their families. This includes:

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Ontario’s Strategy to End Human Trafficking

Lead: Ministry of Community and Social Services, supported by the Ministry of the Status of Women, and Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services

Ontario is investing up to $72 million in the Strategy to End Human Trafficking. The strategy is aimed at increasing awareness and coordination, enhancing justice-sector initiatives and improving survivors’ access to services.

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Strategy for a Safer Ontario

Lead: Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services

This year, Ontario consulted on the Strategy for a Safer Ontario, the province’s blueprint for effective, sustainable and community-focused policing.

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Youth Engagement

Leads: Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, and Ministry of Children and Youth Services

Recognizing and supporting meaningful youth engagement supports youth in developing self-confidence and the capacity to lead.

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Collective Impact for Disconnected Youth

Lead: Provincial Partnership Table (PPT), with representation from provincial government, public, private, non-profit and philanthropic sectors

New! The Collective Impact for Disconnected Youth (CIDY) initiative is a new approach to improve outcomes for youth who are disconnected from traditional systems of support, including school and work. The goal of this collaborative approach is to encourage collective action—at the local level—to reduce the number of youth who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).

Provincial Approach to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Lead: Ministry of Children and Youth Services

New! The Ministry of Children and Youth Services is collaborating with other ministries to develop a cross-government approach to support people affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), across the lifespan. The provincial approach to addressing FASD will focus on five priority areas:

Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities

Leads: Accessibility Directorate of Ontario, ministries of Community and Social Services, Advanced Education and Skills Development, and Economic Development and Growth

New! The province is developing a provincial employment strategy for people with disabilities. Supporting the employment of youth with disabilities will be a key component of the strategy. Goals of the strategy are to:

Game ON: The Ontario Government’s Sport Plan

Lead: Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Game ON is a legacy initiative of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

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Ontario150

Lead: Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

In 2017, Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary. As a founding province, Ontario is joining the celebration with new funding, events and programs.

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