Effective April 1, 2023, The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services recently announced changes to the program that supports youth over the age of 18 that have been in the care of a children’s aid society. The new program, “Ready, Set, Go”, replaces the previous program titled, “Continued Care and Support for Youth (CCSY)”.
Under the new program, children’s aid societies will focus on helping children plan for the future at an earlier age. Starting at age 13, they will begin learning practical life skills and planning educational goals. At age 15, the emphasis will expand to financial literacy and preparing for the workforce, including managing personal finances, setting up a bank account, grocery shopping, resumé building, and how to access social services and other supports.
The Ready, Set, Go program will also allow youth to remain in care until the age of 23 (previously 21). Monthly financial support will also increase to provide youth better quality of life and safer housing opportunities so they can focus on their studies or working.
York Region Children’s Aid Society sees this as an important step in helping youth transition successfully into adulthood and fully supports the new program.
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