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 submit to the 2017 Youth Friendly Community Recognition Program. 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.


The deadline to submit applications is January 4, 2017. Download the 2017 Youth Friendly Community brochure and application form.

Before you officially start the application process, please set up an Orientation Call with Play Works by calling 416-426-7065 or by emailing [email protected]. 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 this information here to start working on your 2017 community application

A Youth Friendly Communities Update - 2016

Play Works is pleased to welcome the following recipients of the 2016 Youth Friendly Community Recognition Program. The number of Youth Friendly Communities now totals 45 from across Ontario. These communities represent more than 41% of Ontario's population, so Ontario is well on its way to becoming a Youth Friendly Province!

Representatives from these communities attended a ceremony on April 7, 2016 at which Play Works Chair, Hallie Atter, and Sophie Kiwala, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, recognized the outstanding efforts of these communities to be Youth Friendly. 

View the 2014 Youth Friendly Community Recipients

View the 2013 Youth Friendly Community Recipients

View the 2012 Youth Friendly Community Recipients

View the 2011 Youth Friendly Community Recipients

Proudly Presenting Ontario’s Youth Friendly Communities



Barrie Ajax Kincardine
Belleville Aurora Port Hope
Brampton Bracebridge South Huron
Burlington Caledon West Nipissing
Cambridge Gananoque  
Guelph Halton Hills COMMUNITIES
Hamilton Hanover East Scarborough (Toronto)
Kingston Ingersoll  
Markham Milton COUNTIES
Mississauga Newmarket Brant
Peterborough Oakville Norfolk
Pickering Richmond Hill  
Sarnia Whitby TOWNSHIPS
Sault Ste. Marie Whitchurch/Stouffville Brooke-Alvinston
Greater Sudbury   Rideau Lakes
Vaughan Petawawa  
Windsor   Wikwemikong Unceded
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