The Ottawa Child & Youth INITIATIVE

The Ottawa Child and Youth Initiative 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.

2020-21 OCYI Gratitude Report

The OCYI is pleased to share our 2020-21 Gratitude Report. This past year has been unlike any other and we are truly grateful for the unwavering commitment and support from our partner organizations and  all of the incredible staff that support children, youth and families in communities across our city and beyond. Thank you for being champions for children and youth and helping to ensure that every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential and grow up great.

2021-21 OCYI Gratitude Report
OCYI Gratitude Report EN 062321.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 6.6 MB

Statement Against Anti-Black Racism

Safe Return for Summer Programs

Check out resources for planning to reopen 2020 summer programs or critical hours programs in the fall of 2020. It is essential to balance risks of the coronavirus pandemic with the benefits of safe programming. Click here for more information.

COVID-19 Response

Working for and with Ottawa's children and youth is essential every day, and the coronavirus pandemic does not change that. OCYI's members are working together to make sure the needs of children and youth are met in this time. Keep checking our homepage and our Twitter feed for information about resources. A reminder that information can change frequently, so check often for updates.

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

Thank You

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


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