Over 340,000 youth in Ontario are between 16 and 18. Almost 30,000 could be at risk of homelessness. Help keep more Ontario kids off the street by asking the Provincial government to pass Bill 88.
Petition by Covenant House, Toronto
Kids suffering abuse or neglect often wait until they’re 16 to leave home because they can legally leave without fear of being taken back to their family. They believe they can make it on their own but their chances are perilously slim.
The young on the street are easy prey to predators that wait to exploit them. It is a dangerous and often deadly path. In fact, they are as much as 40 times more likely to die young than their housed peers.
At 16, youth who have not been involved with children’s aid are now too old to start getting help from the provincial system. They can’t get the financial support to live on their own and stay in school or the guidance they need – support that is available to their peers in care. This is unfair to these youth and puts them at a serious disadvantage.
Now Bill 88, proposed new provincial legislation, would provide youth, 16 to 18 who are fleeing or have been forced out of their homes, with this kind of assistance.
It would fill the gap for those who have not previously been involved with child welfare and be more equitable. Many other provinces already provide similar support to youth in this age group.
This critical initiative would help keep these kids from falling through the cracks. Help us impact the lives of kids who find themselves on the street without help.
We have expressed our support for Bill 88 and are asking you to join us in urging the provincial government to approve this bill and help keep more kids from a life on the street.
During Covenant House Month, help us raise awareness of the plight of homeless youth. Join us and send a message to Queen’s Park to pass Bill 88. It is slated for third and final reading this spring.
Please sign our petition to be delivered to the provincial government after Feb. 28.
Hon. Teresa Piruzza, Minister of Children and Youth Services
We believe all young people deserve the chance to build productive and independent lives without fear.
By passing Bill 88, your government can extend support to thousands of young people between 16 and 18 who are in untenable family situations but have none of the help that is available to their peers in the child welfare system.
These youth are at high risk of finding themselves on the…