Youth Wellness Hubs

Expanding Mental Health Services for Children 

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“One Stop Talk” program connects youth to mental health counselling by phone, video, text and chat WHITBY — The Ontario government is investing $4.75 million to expand the “One Stop Talk” virtual “walk-in” counselling program to connect children, youth and their families with more convenient and timely ways to access mental health counselling no matter where they live. “Our government is …

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Modernizing Computer Studies, Tech-Ed Curriculum 

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New curriculum to focus on life and job skills TORONTO — The Ontario government is updating high school courses in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), including learning related to the skilled trades to ensure students have the cutting-edge digital literacy and modern technological skills to lead the global economic, scientific and societal innovations of tomorrow. These changes to the Computer …

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Ontario Reaches Tentative Agreement With Council of Educational Workers

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TORONTO — Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, has issued the following statement: “We are proud to announce that another tentative central agreement has been reached with the education workers represented by the Ontario Council of Educational Workers (OCEW). This further demonstrates that our government can deliver agreements with education unions that ensure children remain in class, where they belong. Keeping …

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Ontario Reaches Tentative Agreement With Cupe 

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Students Will Continue Learning in their Classrooms Where They Belong TORONTO — Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, issued the following statement regarding a tentative central agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Workers (CUPE). This is the first tentative central agreement reached through the 2022 round of central collective bargaining in the education sector: “Throughout these negotiations, our government’s focus …

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Boosting Holocaust Education to Counter Rising Antisemitism

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Revisions to the Grade 6 Social Studies curriculum will help challenge biases and discrimination at an earlier age TORONTO — As Ontario marks Holocaust Education Week, Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, today unveiled a series of reforms to combat rising antisemitism across Ontario schools, including the introduction of mandatory Holocaust learning for the first time in elementary schools. “We are …

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Ontario launches Skilled Trades Career Fairs for Students

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TORONTO — The Ontario government is working for workers by launching career fairs this fall to prepare the next generation of young people for rewarding and well-paying jobs in the skilled trades. These fairs address labour shortages in high-demand sectors and help deliver the province’s ambitious infrastructure plans, including building 1.5 million homes by 2031. “Ontario is facing the largest labour …

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Minister Lecce responds to Cupe’s strike vote

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Ontario – Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, in response to CUPE’s strike vote results. “While these results are not surprising given that education unions have voted to hold strikes against families for nearly five decades, we are still extremely disappointed with the results. CUPE is charging ahead with a strike while demanding nearly 50 per cent in increased compensation after …

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Minister of Education Welcomes Students Back to  School Year

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TORONTO — Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, issued the following statement to mark the beginning of the 2022-23 school year: “This new school year marks the beginning of a return to a normal school experience with students in classrooms, for the full school year, with the full school experience. That means that after two years of pandemic disruptions, students are …

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Ontario’s Plan to Build Supporting Stronger Province and Economy

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TORONTO — As part of its commitment to implement the 2022 Budget and build a stronger Ontario for workers, businesses and families, the Ontario government today re-introduced the Plan to Build Act (Budget Measures), 2022. “I am pleased to re-introduce the Plan to Build Act (Budget Measures), 2022 bill today so our government can continue delivering Ontario’s Plan to Build, supporting better jobs for workers while building …

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Ontario Launches Plan to Catch Up

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Plan Starts with Students Back in Classrooms, On Time TORONTO — After two years of pandemic disruptions, Ontario today launched its Plan to Catch Up for the 2022-23 school year. The plan, which is supported by the government’s historic investments in education, starts with students back in classrooms, on time, with the full school experience including extracurriculars like clubs, band and field …