New Supports for Youth: Health benefits and Transition Workers

News Release

New Supports for Youth Leaving Care

Ontario Helping Young People Prepare for Independence

Ministry of Children and Youth Services


Health Benefits

The Ontario province is  investing in a new Aftercare Benefits Initiative. Starting this summer, eligible young people ages 21 to 24, who were previously in the care of a Children’s Aid Society, can access:

  • Health and dental services, including prescription drugs, vision care and hearing aids.
  • Extended health services, such as physiotherapy, psychotherapy, acupuncture, and chiropractic treatment.
  • Additional benefits, including therapy and counselling.


Transition Workers

Ontario is helping young people leaving the care of Children’s Aid Societies find the right supports and services by creating 50 Youth-in-Transition worker positions across the province.

The Youth-in-Transition workers will help young people ages 16 to 24 by:

  • Securing local affordable housing.
  • Finding education and employment resources to help cover the cost of postsecondary education and training, or to find a job.
  • Identifying skills training, such as financial literacy courses and meal planning.
  • Accessing health and mental health services like being connected with a family doctor and counselling.
  • Locating legal services, including advice for youth in the justice system.

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