Our Structure

The Ottawa Child and Youth Initiative is made up of key players with representation across age spans and sectors, who all agree to share responsibility, resources, and accountability.


The Initiative strives to achieve shared goals that no single entity can accomplish on its own, including in policy, system and, practice changes.

The Ottawa Child and Youth Initiative is comprised of:

Steering Committee:

The Committee acts as the executive of the Initiative. It is responsible for ensuring that there are strong linkages, communication and integration of work across the full Initiative.


The committee is also responsible for planning meetings and events of the Council, the Network and other committees as appropriate and provides regular feedback and guidance to the secretariat. 


Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Linking, integrating and communicating across the Initiative 
  • Planning and facilitating the meetings and events of the Council, Network, as appropriate;
  • Identify and develop strategies for securing resources to support the Initiative and its activities;
  • Provide regular feedback and guidance to secretariat. 


The Coordinating Committee is comprised of the co-chairs from Council of Partners, Network co-chairs, and representatives from executive leadership of organizations and agencies with widespread influence in the lives of children and youth throughout the City of Ottawa.

Council of Partners:

Provides leadership, direction and strategic vision to the Initiative.


The Council is mainly responsible for advancing strategic initiatives to influence public policy,system-level changes, and service delivery that positively influences the healthy development of children and youth


Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Adopt strategic goals and directions that align with the Vision and Mission
  • Advocate for children and youth in the community and at all levels of government
  • Represent the interests of children and youth to achieve its goals in circles of influence in the community
  • Represent OCYI at public/community events and meetings
  • Create linkages and connections between related activities to benefit children and youth in Ottawa
  • Leverage investment of the Ottawa community to support children and youth reaching their full potential
  • Support and assist with the work of other committees as needed and appropriate
  • Leverage support and resources of Council members own organizations and partnership groups
  • Report progress to the community towards achieving identified goals


The Council of Partners is made up of senior executive leaders from the private, public, and volunteer sector (approximately 15-20 members). Chairs of the three other sectors of the Initiative will also sit on the Council.


Provides oversight to subcommittees and their workplans, and provide OCYI members an opportunity to explore key issues, learn about innovative and relevant activities, network with colleagues, and receive progress reports on our action plans. Meetings are held several times a year. 


Roles and Responsibilities of Members:

  • Engage and mobilize representatives with a vested interest in children and youth to develop and implement community plans
  • Foster community collaboration
  • Identify priorities, define strategies, make recommendations and implement initiatives
  • Provide input to and support for communications and research plans
  • Link with relevant community initiatives and networks
  • Develop action plans and monitor outcomes


Membership to the Network is open to all those that agree with our mandate and strategic priorities. Members are individuals and representatives from community organizations and networks who work with children, youth and their families and share the vision, mission and values of the OCYI.

Task Groups:

Responsible for the development and implementation of action plans for meeting OCYI's strategic plans. Current groups include: 

  • Early Childhood Development
  • Critical Hours
  • Ottawa Collaborative for Parenting Support
  • Research & Evaluation