Programs targeted toward at-risk youth in Toronto on the chopping block
The Ontario government is slashing $25 million in funding for specialized programs in elementary and secondary schools across the province.
The cut will mean the end of a number of initiatives for at-risk youth, including an after-school program run by teens in low-income areas that was established in the wake of the so-called “summer of the gun” in Toronto.
According to the city’s public school board, the move will also affect programs that encouraged physical activity among students and offered in-class tutors to children, as well as supports for racialized youth.
MPP Marit Stiles, the NDP education critic, said the cut will be “deeply felt” by students across the province.
The Toronto District School Board said the cut affects 11 grants administered through a special fund known as the Education Programs — Other (EPO). It is separate from the general operating fund.