Youth Centres

Oakville receives Play Works’ Gold Youth Friendly Community designation

The Town of Oakville was recognized as a Youth Friendly Community and received Play Works’ gold designation for its outstanding commitment to providing young people with opportunities to play, participate in and contribute to their community.

Play Works is an independent group of organizations committed to encouraging and promoting a greater investment in youth play. The program celebrates Ontario communities that provides youth ages 13 to 19 with diverse play opportunities — in arts, recreation or civic leadership.

Upcoming events

For more events and information, download the latest edition of Youth Beat (pdf, 287 kB). Like the Oakville Youth Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @OakvilleYouth to stay connected!

Oakville Youth Centre will be closed as of November 1

See you at the new youth centre in Glen Abbey – coming in 2016!

FESTIVUS – December 18 

A holiday dinner for all youth in the Oakville community will be held at QEPCCC and Bronte Youth Centres on December 18 at 6 p.m. Come by your local youth centre for a FREE holiday meal and holiday fun! Reserve your space at your local youth centre starting December 1.

Programs and services

The Town of Oakville offers several programs, training and volunteer opportunities for youth ages 13 to 19. We also operate three youth centres. Youth in Grades 6-10 are welcome at QEPCCC.

NEW! Now, if you are 12 (after July 1) but turning 13 years old by the end of the calendar year, you can become a member at Bronte and Oakville Youth Centres! Drop in to learn more today.

The Town of Oakville’s youth centres are positive, comfortable and safe places for youth to hang out – and they're free! Each centre offers:

  • Homework help
  • Computers
  • Video games
  • Resume writing
  • Internet
  • Movie nights
  • Job searching
  • On-site library
  • Opportunities to earn volunteer hours

Centre staff can also provide youth with referrals to other agencies. Please see below for a list of community resources.

Check out the Town of Oakville’s registered programs for youth in the Parks, Recreation & Culture Guide or on iris, the online registration system.

Students (ages 14+) receive a 35 per cent discount on most fitness membership types. Students must show proof of age and full-time student status. Visit the Fitness Centres page for more information.

For information on the Oakville Public Library Youth Programs visit the Oakville Public Library site.

YARD and YARD Plus

YARD is Youth in Active Recreational Development, a 12-week program for youth with special needs (ages 13-21). There will be weekly supervised programs and activities every Tuesday. This program is developed to assist youth with special needs in a positive and safe recreational setting.

YARD Plus (ages 13-21) is just like your favorite Y.A.R.D. program, but it also includes swimming and indoor/outdoor active games every Saturday.

Support Workers are Welcome!!! Open the YARD program brochure (pdf, 338 kB) for more information. Check availability and register online today!

Youth Gaming Party rentals available!

Bronte Youth Centre is the place to celebrate! Book a two-hour Youth Gaming Party (ages 10+) for 10 guests on Saturday or Sunday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for just $191. Email or call 905-582-3592 for more information.

Community resources

Following are some key phone numbers and links to organizations that offer support services in a variety of areas. Download the complete Youth Services list (pdf, 343 kB) from Halton Region.

Danielle's Place (Eating Disorder Support and Resource Centre) – 1-866-277-9959
Drug and Alcohol Helpline – 1-800-565-8603
Halton Family Services – 905-845-3811
Halton Region Pregnancy Support – Dial 311 or 1-866-442-5866
Halton Women's Place – 905-332-7892
Kids Help Phone (24 hours) – 1-800-668-6868
Legal Aid – 1-800-668-8258
Lesbian/Gay/Bi/Trans Youth Line – 1-800-268-9688
Oakville Distress Centre – 905-849-4541
Ontario Works (help with cost of living) – Dial 311 or 1-866-442-5866
ROCK (Reach Out Centre for Kids) – 905-878-9785
SAVIS (Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services of Halton) 24 hour help line – 905-875-1555
Sexual Health Clinics, including Health @ 232 in Oakville – 905-825-6000, ext. 6065
Volunteer Halton – 905-878-0955