FAQ: Population Groups

The population groups outlined in this factsheet were identified in Ontario’s Stepping Up: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario’s Youth Succeed as youth who face multiple barriers and vulnerabilities.


Stepping Up rightly reminds Ontario’s youth sector that “some groups of youth have unique circumstances, challenges and needs and we want to acknowledge the individual strengths and voice they bring to this framework. These youth may need more targeted supports and opportunities to ensure they are able to succeed.”

Stepping Up acknowledges that some of Ontario’s most vulnerable youth belong to more than one of these groups discussed here and that this can result in complex challenges and identities. Personal characteristics - such as gender- can impact a young person’s experiences across these areas.