Social Development

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Youth Development Unit

The City of Toronto's Social Development, Finance & Administration Division manages a variety of youth development programs including those focused on employment.



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Review of pre-charge diversion programs (PDF)

The City of Toronto has investigated various pre-charge diversion models to will determine the resources needed to deliver, and then implement a City-wide pre-charge diversion program to provide supportive interventions and programming as an alternative to criminal charges. This report summarizes the findings. For an accessible version of this report or for assistance reading this report, please contact the Youth Development Unit at or 416-397-1750.

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Toronto Youth Equity Strategy

The Toronto Youth Equity Strategy and the Inner Perspective video were developed with contributions from Toronto youth. These creative works are intended to help readers understand the experiences of Toronto youth most vulnerable to involvement in violence and crime.  The Toronto Youth Equity Strategy identified 28 key issues that the Strategy must address. 


Gender-Based Youth Violence Action Plan

The City of Toronto is currently working on Phase Two of the Toronto Youth Equity Strategy (TYES), Youth Vulnerable to Gender-Based Violence, targeting those aged 13-29. We need your help to spread the word so we can obtain as much input as possible. Please share with your contacts via email, post on your website, Facebook, Tweet the link, (or other types of social media).


Toronto Youth Cabinet

The Toronto Youth Cabinet (TYC) is the official youth advisory body to Toronto City Council. As a youth led civic engagement organization, the TYC promotes youth participation in civic affairs. The TYC advocates on youth issues with various youth organizations across the city to promote policy development and youth involvement.

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Toronto Youth Job Corps

Are you having a hard time getting a job or staying employed? Are you between the ages 16 to 29 and out of school? The Toronto Youth Job Corps is a paid employment program designed to connect you to the workforce.

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Youth Employment Partnerships

Youth Employment Partnerships (YEP) is a City initiative established to create and support a network of non-profit youth employment agencies that offer job placement services to employers across Toronto at no cost.