The Ottawa Child and Youth Initiative - Growing Up Great works together to foster the healthy development of all children and youth through research, advocacy and program development.


Our vision is for children and youth in Ottawa to have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Thank You

Merci à notre commanditaire Prévention du crime Ottawa pour supporter les heures critiques - La communauté de pratique des clubs de devoirs.


Proudly funded by Crime Prevention Ottawa in support of The Critical Hours - Homework Club Community of Practice.

Partner News & Events is now live!

All previous critical hours resources developed by OCYI are now hosted on one easy-to-access website, and we even have one new one for you!


Designed for front-line workers of critical-hours programs to assist them in easily integrating quality, skill-building activities into their programming.



Activities are organized according to area of skill development and are represented by icons.


Easy Access

Download and print any of the 150 activities, or the entire guidebook, and the associated templates.

The 3 Pillars Training Videos

You can also view the 3 Pillars training videos on or our YouTube channel. Stay tuned for new videos!


Summer Lit Kit

You can also view the 3 Pillars training videos on or our YouTube channel. Stay tuned for new videos!


Additional Resources

External links to some other useful programming resources are also listed on

We submitted our Positive Relationships video to the Canadian Institute of Health Research IHDCYH Talks Video Competition hoping to get a grant for our research improving the health of children, youth, and their families!

Winners are chosen based on public votes so please like our video & share!

The deadline for submitting nominations has passed.

Have a nominee in mind? Click the button below to view the different awards categories and fill out our online nomination form. Nomination forms are due by 4:00pm on Monday, November 6th 2017 in order to have your nominee considered for an award.