• Stephen Lecce, MPP

Ontario Increasing Supports for Black Students

March 01, 2021

The Ontario government is investing $6 million over the next three years to help Black children and youth achieve their educational and career goals by creating the new Student and Family Advocates initiative in Ottawa, Hamilton and the Greater Toronto Area. The advocates will provide community-based and culturally relevant supports to Black students ages 6-25 and act as advocates for Black families within the education system. "Our government is committed to helping Black children and youth achieve their full potential. That's why we are expanding programming under the Black Youth Action Plan and creating community-based initiatives like the Student and Family Advocates," said Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services. "We are working directly with community organizations to ensure these advocates are in the best position to help students achieve their academic, career and life goals by helping them overcome barriers and access more resources within the school system." As a result of numerous systemic and structural barriers, Black children and youth in Ontario are disproportionately experiencing more negative educational outcomes than their peers. Studies show Black students are more likely to be suspended or expelled and are less likely to complete high school or enter post-secondary education. Beginning in the spring, Student and Family Advocates will work out of local organizations to provide specific supports tailored to the individual needs of Black students. Supports will include:

  • Working with students and families to develop a plan for achieving their goals

  • Attend