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On January 16, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the launch of Canada Service Corps, Canada’s new national youth service initiative. Canada Service Corps provides opportunities for young Canadians ages 15 to 30 to get involved in their communities while gaining valuable skills and experience that will benefit them in life.

We’re excited to share the news that the YMCA of Greater Toronto, in partnership with YMCAs in Greater Vancouver, Calgary, Saskatoon, Northeastern Ontario, Quebec, Greater Moncton, Greater Halifax/Dartmouth, and Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as the YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg, has received funding as one of 10 National Signature Pilot Projects under this initiative.

YMCA partners are currently developing the initiative and should be launching the program shortly in their local communities. The program will be using a curriculum developed in partnership with the Students Commission to guide participants on how to develop and deliver a meaningful community service project with strong links to skills development.

Details about this program can be found on the YMCA Community Action Network website. In addition, details about the broader government initiative, including opportunities for youth in your community to access grants to develop their own service projects, can be found at the Canada Service Corps website.