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.

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Charting Outcomes: Community Actions to Ensure that all Children and Youth are Healthy & Triving


In 2013, 62.7% of Ontario students who responded to the Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS) reported their mental health as excellent or very good, while only 15% rated...

Thank you to everyone who attended this year's Growing Up Great Awards Luncheon!

The ceremony was a huge success and the Ottawa Child & Youth Initiative would like to thank all those who attended and presented the awards and give a final congrats to all of this year's recipients. Thank you for your dedication to loving, guiding, supporting, and trusting children and youth in choosing their own adventures in life, encouraging them to follow their own unique internal compass, and ultimately, to grow up great!

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

— Maya Angelou 

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The Growing Up Great Network invites you to our next Community Conversation:

Parent Engagement: Mama said there'd be days like this.

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016


9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Pinecrest Queensway CHC
1365 Richmond Rd.

More event details to follow.

At our next Network Community Conversation, you will have the opportunity to hear a panel of practitioners share their experience engaging parents in their organizations and how they are making an impact. This will be followed by small group discussions and activities exploring tips, tricks, and challenges in engaging parents.

Charting Outcomes: Community Actions to Ensure that All Children and Youth Succeed in School

The percentage of Grade 6 students at or above the provincial standard for reading and writing continues to improve from 2010-2014 however, there continues to be a slight deterioration in math.


To read the entire report, download the pdf.

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Thank you for making the Growing Up Great Awards Great!

Dear Campaign 2000 Partners,

We are writing to share our annual Report Card on Child Poverty in Canada, entitled Let’s Do This: Let’s End Child Poverty for Good. It is available on our website in English and French at  The website also features report cards from our provincial partners in Nova Scotia, Manitoba and British Columbia; media releases and a shareable info-graphic featuring key findings and recommendations. Report Cards from our other provincial partners will be released in early 2016.


The 2015 report card highlights that Canada has a once in generation opportunity to eradicate child and family poverty. With the new federal government committed to collaboratively develop a national poverty reduction strategy, we must seize the opportunity to finally end the child poverty crisis for good.


Here are some ways you can get involved:

1)      Share this message with your networks and to circulate the report and related information through social media. Here are some sample tweets that you can use:

PM @JustinTrudeau Seize the once in generation chance to end #childpoverty for good-       #LetsDoThis!  #cdnpoli


#childpoverty can be eradicated - @CPC_HQ #LetsDoThis ! 2015 report card lays out solutions #cdnpoli 


#childpoverty can be eradicated in #Canada- @NDP_HQ #LetsDoThis ! 2015 report card lays out the solutions #cdnpoli 


Let's end #childpoverty for good in #Canada. @CanadianGreens see 2015 report card for sol'ns -#LetsDoThis! #cdnpoli


En Francais:

1,3 million d'enfants au Canada vivent ENCORE en pauvreté. @JustinTrudeau on peut faire mieux: #faisons-le


When you tweet please make use these hash tags: #LetsDoThis and  #EndChildPoverty and #cdnpoli


2)      We would also like to invite you to visit Make Poverty History and take action at


Canada has a Once in a Generation Chance to End Child Poverty for Good - Let’s Do This Right!

2015 Campaign2000 Report Card - Lets Do
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Early Literacy Specialists Survey

Dear Community Partners,


The Early Literacy Specialists team is currently reviewing the services currently offered to the community.  Our mandate is to provide early literacy resources, programs and services that meet the needs of the children, families, and professionals within the various communities. 


To gain a better understanding on how to best support you and your clients, we ask that you and your staff to take a few minutes to complete the following survey. If you have any questions about the survey or our services we invite you to communicate with us to discuss further.


We thank you in advance for helping us better serve you.

CAMH HPRC Report launch – Pathways to Promoting Mental Health: A 2015 Survey of Ontario Public Health Units

The CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre based within CAMH’s Provincial System Support Program is pleased to launch the report Pathways to Promoting Mental Health: A 2015 Survey of Ontario Public Health Units This report highlights the results of a 2015 provincial survey conducted as a partnership between the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Health Promotion Division and the CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre. With participation from all 36 Ontario public health units (PHUs), the report documents current mental health promotion (MHP) activities in public health being delivered for Ontarians of all ages and stages and identifies specific MHP activities occurring for adults 18 years and older.


Key findings from the report show that there is a substantial amount of MHP work underway, with wide variation in specific activities.


Read the full report here. And access the appendices here, including a full directory of the MHP activities reported by PHUs.


In addition, the report identifies five recommendations to help identify mechanisms and opportunities to better integrate MHP as part of PHU practice.



We hope you will join us for a webinar to launch the report on November 23rd, 12:00-1:00pm. Registration details are available here and webinar flyer is attached:

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Charting Outcomes: Community Actions for Healthy Development of Children and Youth in Ottawa

October 2015 Update:

Sports - related head injuries for children and youth in Ottawa. 

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Family Literacy Day Awards!   Ottawa Family Literacy Committee

As part of the annual celebrations, the Family Literacy Day Committee of Ottawa will be giving book certificates valued at $750 each to three non profit organizations that provide services for children (ages 0-6) and families at risk.


To apply, click here. Please complete this form by December 15th, 2015. 


Their review committee will choose the winner based on the information in the applications. Show your organizations passion and commitment! Programs can only win a Suzanne Pinel Award every 5 years. If an organization has multiple programs they will only accept one application from each organization. 

Winners will be announced at the Ottawa Public Library Family Literacy Week Kickoff event on January 24th at the Centrepoint library. 

For more information please email