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.

Here is a link to the online Youth Friendly Community application portal.

The deadline to submit applications is January 7, 2019. The application portal will be open June 30th for communities to begin their application process.

Interested communities are asked to participate in an orientation webinar to help them during their application process. To get more information about an orientation webinar or call, please contact 416-426-7142 or

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 - 2018

Play Works is pleased to welcome the following recipients of the 2018 Youth Friendly Community Recognition Program. The number of Youth Friendly Communities now totals 47 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



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 Minto COUNTIES
Markham Newmarket Brant
Mississauga Oakville Norfolk
Peterborough Richmond Hill  
Pickering Whitby TOWNSHIPS
Sarnia Whitchurch/Stouffville Meaford
Sault Ste. Marie   Rideau Lakes
Greater Sudbury  CANADIAN FORCES BASES Wilmot
Thunder Bay Petawawa  
Welland   Wikwemikong Unceded
Windsor   Indian Reserve No. 26