Parents and Youths


kidsbikesThe Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department’s Cycling Education Team, in partnership with Safer Roads Ottawa, is offering free bike training to local communities. We are offering basic cycling instruction to children in a controlled environment such as parking lots, tarmac, basketball courts, etc. They will learn about helmet safety, bike checks, handling skills, signals, and will put their knowledge to the test by riding on a mini main street!

One member of Council recently came up with the idea of hosting a Bike Rodeo in August to prepare children for riding their bikes to schools. We believe this is an excellent initiative and could also benefit your communities as well. Should you be interested in a Bike Rodeo, please have your office contact Peter Spiess who is the Program Coordinator for this program.  Peter can be reached at 613-580-2854 or at

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OCDSBLogoSecondary classes end on June 18,  2016. Elementary classes end on June 30, 2016. ​

logo_ocsb_webJune 28, 2016: Last day of school, grades 7-12; June 29, 2016: Last day of school, Grades JK-6


School Closures Imminent?

As many as six public elementary schools may close in Ottawa’s west end in the next year _ Ottawa Citizen

OMofEThe Ontario Ministry of Education is proposing new regulations under the Child Care and Early Years Act (…). These proposed new regulations would make major changes to licensed child care and regulated home child care. Proposed changes include: the current childcare ratios, age ranges and group sizes and the new definition of a pre-schooler. The proposed regulation would define a pre-schooler as early as 24 months (two years of age), and would increase the maximum group size from 16 to 24. The current regulations define pre-schooler at 30 months and the maximum group size at 16.

More information can be found at

back to schoolOttawa Catholic School Board    September 8 – First Day of School.  Elementary classes end on June 29, 2016. Intermediary/Secondary classes end on June 28, 1016.  

Ottawa Carleton District School Board  Both elementary and secondary classes start on September 8, 2015. Secondary classes end on June 18,  2016. Elementary classes end on June 30, 2016.


Maple Syrup in rural Ottawa

It is maple syrup time in rural Ottawa. Traditional sugaring is an adventure and education that makes learning fun. Enjoy a sleigh ride, see tapped trees, sugar shacks and delight in delicious pancakes topped with loads of maple syrup

To learn more about maple syrup adventures in the area, visit Ottawa’s Countryside ( or Eastern Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association (

Exploring with the Stars, Pinhey’s Point Historic Site

Before we explored outer space, we had to explore Earth! Kids will learn about how early settlers in Canada used the sun and stars to find their way and they’ll be introduced to the adventures Hamnett Pinhey. They’ll also create their very own astrolabe, just like Samuel de Champlain, to take home! Ages 6-12. Click here to find a location and register for this free program:

Need a job this summer?

Information for high school, university and college students looking for work this summer

The Ontario government – and its partners – offer many programs to help students find summer jobs. Learn about government job funds, programs and online tools available to help people under 30 build skills, find a job or start businesses all year round.Information:

City of Ottawa Summer Student Employment Program 

Students interested in summer employment with the City of Ottawa can apply online. The Summer Student Employment Program is a great opportunity to gain valuable work experience and insight into today’s workforce, discover a career path, showcase skills and enhance academic goals. Positions are available in the many different areas.

For more information including eligibility criteria and other requirements, visit The 2015 Summer Student Employment Campaign will be open from February 2 to February 27, 2015.

Youth Net

YouthNet / RéseauAdo is a for-youth-by-youth mental health organization. We are bilingual and open to youth aged 13 to 20. Our goal is to promote positive mental health and educate our community by offering presentations, running focus groups and by setting up information booths during events. We want to help young people manage their mental health struggles in healthy ways all while reducing the stigma associated with mental health and mental illness. Our program is unique because we reach out to youth in and around Ottawa with the objective of encouraging them to have a conversation about mental health and what it means.

In addition to our outreach work, we help youth by running programs in our main space at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, at their schools, in community centers and in rural areas. Our programs include: Pens and Paints, GirlsTalk, GuysTalk, FreeRide (a program where participants learn how to snowboard), Yoga for Youth and Take a Hike. Within our programs, we have succeeded in changing the way young people feel and talk about mental health and most importantly, how they manage their own mental health. To further highlight this, some of our participants have moved on to become facilitators while others become strong advocates in our community.

If you want to learn more about YouthNet / RéseauAdo and see what we do, you can follow us on Twitter: @cheoyouthnet. You can also “Like” us on Facebook: and finally, you can check out our website for any questions regarding our philosophy and history at We also encourage anyone to call us with any questions at 613-738-3915.



The Ottawa Child and Youth Initiative is pleased to release 5 Numbers You Need to Know About Children and Youth in Ottawa. This series highlights the key priorities and issues that impact children, youth and families and what we can do to make a difference in Ottawa. There are 206,000 children and youth living in Ottawa, working together, we can make sure that every child has the opportunity to grow up great.  To learn about the 5 Numbers you need to know, visit our website: 




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