VIDEO: Action Plan Focuses on Jobs and Getting Guns off the Streets
The Liberals have released Ontario's Youth Action Plan, to keep kids off the street and help curb gun violence in the province.
Among some of the initiaves:
Expanding the summer jobs programs for disadvantaged youth to provide hundreds of after-school jobs during the school year and working with the private-sector to create more opportunities for young people.
Increasing the number of Youth Outreach Workers from 62 to 97 across the province to help youth make positive choices and stay on track.
Supporting community programs with a proven track record through a new, annual Youth Opportunities Fund - based on the experiences and outcomes of the Youth Challenge Fund.
Securing permanent funding for the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS) and the Provincial Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy, which target illegal gang, drugs and weapons activities in communities by focusing on intervention, enforcement and community mobilization.
Supporting Crime Stoppers to double the rewards for tips that get guns off the streets.
The plan in part is a response to the deadly shooting in Scarborough's Danzig Street neighbourhood in June, after Mayor Rob Ford and Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair met with Premier Dalton McGuinty.
The plan will benefit an additional 13,000 young people each year.
The government is also appointing Dr. Alvin Curling - one of the authors of the Review of the Roots of Youth Violence report - as Strategic Advisor on Youth Opportunities to the Minister of Children and Youth Services.