The Town of Innisfil’s Building Safer Communities project is a multi-year (2023-2026) crime and violence prevention initiative that aims to proactively build a safer community by addressing the underlying social conditions that give rise to crime and supporting our children, youth, and young adults.

BSCF Support

The project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Building Safer Communities Fund (BSCF). BSCF contributions support new and incremental activities targeting children (6-11), youth (12-17), and young adults (18-26).

The Town of Innisfil’s project includes the following components:

  1. Recreation, Wellness, and Leadership Opportunities for Children and Youth
  2. Innisfil Child, Youth, and Family Wellness Coalition
  3. Public Education and Awareness

Recreation, Wellness, and Leadership Opportunities

The Building Safer Communities project is funding a variety of opportunities for children and youth.

Stay tuned for details about implementation of these programs in 2024.

Teen Nights

Teen Nights are free, drop-in programs that provide youth with safe, welcoming, and dedicated spaces to gather, connect, and access support. Both structured and unstructured activities will be available at Teen Nights, including games, crafts, movie nights, snacks, and more. Teen Nights are launching at Morgan Russell Memorial Arena & Community Centre, the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka, and the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library's Lakeshore Branch in March 2024. 

Mobile Youth Centre

The Innisfil Mobile Youth Centre (MYC) tours through the community during the summer months providing an opportunity for kids to be active, play some games, and meet new friends! We're piloting an expansion of the MYC in 2024 to expand service and introduce new activities.

Child, Youth, and Family Programs and Activities

The Town of Innisfil and the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library are offering new programs and activities to help children, youth, and families to develop life and relationship skills, hobbies and interests, and a sense of community. 

The ideaLAB & Library is also partnering with community members and organizations to offer dedicated programs, activities, and events for racialized and marginalized youth.

Visit the Town's Health & Wellness page and the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library’s website for more information about programs and activities for children, youth, and families. 

Healthy Relationships Programs

We are funding community-based violence prevention programs to equip youth with skills to engage in healthy relationships and manage situations with conflict. 

Speak Your Mind Youth Mental Health Summit

The Town’s annual Speak Your Mind Youth Mental Health Summit aims to normalize mental health and wellness by providing Innisfil youth in grades 8 to 12 with mental health education.

In 2024, the Speak Your Mind Youth Mental Health Summit will return with a focus on healthy relationships and mental well-being.

Early Interventions for Children and Families

We are funding and facilitating skill and relationship building opportunities for children and their parents and guardians. Programs and activities will promote the development of children and youth’s developmental assets, and positive, nurturing parent-child relationships.  

Youth Connex Committee

The Town’s Youth Connex Committee (YCC) is made up of Innisfil residents in grades 8 to 12. The YCC promotes youth initiatives, programs, and insight to enhance the quality of life, health, and well-being of Innisfil youth.

The YCC will receive additional resources and support to plan and execute youth-led activities and events in Innisfil.

YouthCALL Service Link

YouthCALL Service Link is a collaborative project, led by CFS Counselling + Wellbeing, that provides service navigation support via phone, text, and drop-in to youth (ages 12 to 25) living in South Simcoe. YouthCALL is supported by the Canadian Mental Health Association of York and South Simcoe, CONTACT Community Services, Gilbert Centre, New Path, and Youth Haven. 

BSCF funds will bring YouthCALL's Community Service Navigators to Innisfil at least one day per week and provide support to regularly attend other youth activities in Innisfil. To access a Community Service Navigator, call/text 705-790-2338, and stay tuned for more information about dates and locations to find YouthCALL in Innisfil. 

Innisfil Child, Youth, and Family Wellness Coalition

The Innisfil Child, Youth, and Family Wellness Coalition is a pilot initiative of the Building Safer Communities project that will start in 2024. Stay tuned for more information. 

Public Education and Awareness

We're working with the South Simcoe Police Service, Ontario Gang Investigators Association (ONGIA), and community partners to provide public education and raise awareness about issues related to community safety and well-being. Stay tuned for more information about public education sessions starting in 2024. 

Learning resources 

  • Brain Story Certification: Learn about the science of brain development and how our earliest experiences can affect our long-term mental and physical health in this free, in-depth course for families and professionals. The course is provided by the University of Oxford, in partnership with the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative.
  • Brain Builders Video Series: Learn about child brain development in this series of short YouTube videos on the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative’s channel.
  • Building Connections for Resilient Kids Video Series: Connections with adults can help children build resilience. Explore how adults can make positive connections with children to strengthen their resilience in these short videos from the Community Resilience Coalition of Guelph & Wellington.
  • Stress and Resilience Resources: Parents and practitioners can find information, videos, and activities about toxic stress and resilience in this guide developed by Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child.