Ontario Empowering More Black Youth and Young Professionals

Provincial investment helping the next generation of Black leaders develop skills for in-demand careers

The Ontario government is investing an additional $16.5 million in the Black Youth Action Plan (BYAP) to continue supporting more than 20 community-based and culturally focused organizations with a proven track record of empowering Black children and families. The funding, through the BYAP’s Economic Empowerment stream, will help Black youth and young professionals develop skills to help launch their careers in high-demand sectors such as the skilled trades, information technology, automotive, health, film and the arts.

Building on the more than 5,000 Black youth and young professionals helped through the Economic Empowerment stream since 2020, this investment will enhance support for community and black-led organizations across Ontario that are delivering impactful programs empowering the next generation of Black leaders.

To date, the Black Youth Action Plan’s Economic Empowerment stream has supported programs in a variety of fields. Examples include:

  • Accelerate Auto, a Mississauga based not-for-profit that has helped create a more diverse workforce in Ontario’s automotive sector by advancing career and networking opportunities for Black youth and young professionals.
  • Delta Family Resource Centre, a West Toronto organization providing youth, aged 17 to 30, with skills training in the information technology sector, along with work-relevant education, business linkages and culturally relevant supports.
  • Durham Region Association of Black Professionals and Entrepreneurs, provides mentorship and career guidance to Black youth in Durham with a focus on STEM and entrepreneurship. Program participants are provided with the resources to further their education at the post-secondary level or pursue work opportunities by making them job ready with the hard and soft skills needed in the workplace.

Since 2020, Ontario has invested $91 million through the Black Youth Action Plan and its economic empowerment stream. The BYAP also supports culturally focused parenting and mentorship programs, wellness with preventative measures, community outreach and collaboration and more. Since 2018, over 70 community-based and culturally-focused BYAP partners have supported better outcomes for over 60,000 Black children, youth and families in Ontario.

Ontario continues to work towards eliminating systemic, race-based disparities through the BYAP. This investment will provide community organizations and Black-led businesses with the resources needed to continue providing services to children, youth, and families throughout various cradle to career life stages, and will increase social and economic opportunities for Black children, youth and families across the province.

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