Youth Friendly Communities

Now, More About Youth Friendly Communities and How to Become One…..

Is your community one which makes an investment in youth play? Do you want to make sure that youth have access to as many opportunities as possible?  If so, then you will want to apply to be recognized as a Youth Friendly Community. The Program works to acknowledge the great work that some communities are doing in ensuring their youth (ages 13 - 19) have continuous access to a diversity of 'play' (play being anything a young person does in his/her free time which could include: sport, recreation, drama, dance, music, the arts, volunteerism, leadership development, service leadership and/or civic engagement).

This is a community application so work to get youth, service partners and the general public involved with the application process! These groups can help provide examples from places such as libraries, local businesses like bowling alleys or movie theatres, and even community groups like the Scouts and Cadets.

Youth also have the opportunity to participate in the application. Youth can share their opinions and feedback on programs, activities and services they enjoy and can also explain how Youth Friendly they feel their community is.

Please note the Youth Friendly Community criteria has been updated. The new criteria can be found here.

Also, coming soon is a new online application. Orientation sessions on how to complete the application will start September 2017.  

The deadline to submit applications is January 5, 2018.

Before you officially start the application process, please set up an Orientation Call with Play Works by calling 416-426-7065 or by emailing pwp@playworkspartnership.ca. This call will provide important information to help you begin your work.

Play Works provides additional information about where Youth Friendly Communities are in the province, a list of Mentors you can call to help you answer questions about the application process, and examples of youth friendly criteria - you can find more general information here.

A Youth Friendly Communities Update - 2017

Play Works is pleased to welcome the following recipients of the 2017 Youth Friendly Community Recognition Program. The number of Youth Friendly Communities now totals 46 from across Ontario. These communities represent more than 42% of Ontario's population, so Ontario is well on its way to becoming a Youth Friendly Province!

Proudly Presenting Ontario’s Youth Friendly Communities

CITIES

TOWNS

MUNICIPALITIES
Barrie Ajax Kincardine
Belleville Aurora Port Hope
Brampton Bracebridge South Huron
Brantford Gananoque West Nipissing
Burlington Halton Hills  
Cambridge Hanover COMMUNITIES
Guelph Ingersoll East Scarborough (Toronto)
Hamilton Milton  
Kingston Newmarket COUNTIES
Markham Oakville Brant
Mississauga Richmond Hill Norfolk
Peterborough Whitby  
Pickering Whitchurch/Stouffville TOWNSHIPS
Sarnia   Brooke-Alvinston
Sault Ste. Marie   Rideau Lakes
Greater Sudbury CANADIAN FORCES BASES Wilmot
Thunder Bay Petawawa  
Vaughan   FIRST NATIONS
Welland   Wikwemikong Unceded
Windsor   Indian Reserve No. 26