Ontario’s Profile of Youth Wellbeing

The 2016 Profile of Youth Wellbeing includes 20 outcomes and 57 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.

Incremental Changes

The 2016 Profile of Youth Wellbeing demonstrates continued incremental changes in outcomes for youth.

Thirty-four indicators in the 2016 profile were updated with new data from existing sources. Of these, 16 indicators showed small changes in the desired direction, 17 showed small changes against the desired direction, and one indicator did not change.

The profile is now in its fourth year, and trends are becoming increasingly clear for several indicators. For example:

Changes to the profile are expected, and small changes year over year 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.

What’s Changed in 2016

Number of indicators updated: 34
Number of indicators unchanged: 23

A Living Profile

Gaps continue to appear in tracking progress for youth; the indicators are only as good as the data available. This year, data was available in six of seven theme areas, and two indicators were removed because data sources were no longer available. That is why this profile is a living resource. Ontario continues to search for meaningful sources where existing data can be improved.

Youth Facing Barriers to Success

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

Ontario’s Profile of Youth Wellbeing, 2016

▼ Decrease since 2015 report
▲ Increase since 2015 report
− No change in data since 2015 report
● No new data since 2015 report

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.

Health & Wellness

Ontario youth are physically healthy.

Ontario youth feel mentally well.

Ontario youth make choices that support healthy and safe development.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Civic Engagement & 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.

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.