Youth Centres

The Town of Oakville offers several programs (drop-in and pre-registered), 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 Youth Centre.

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 Nottinghill Youth Centres! Drop in to learn more today.

Click on the headings that follow and the links provided, including the images above, for more information.

Youth Crew! We want to hear from you!

We're always looking for new ideas and initiatives recommended by youth for youth! Share your wish list. Tell us about the events, programs, clubs or other activities you'd like to see at any one of our three community youth centres. Email oakvillleyouth@oakville.ca for more information.


Upcoming events

Like the Oakville Youth Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @OakvilleYouth to stay connected!

Get Active Oakville, the online drop-in program finder! Active Oakville displays the most up-to-date drop-in program schedules available on a weekly basis, up to seven days in advance. This application can be viewed on all devices, no download required. Simply visit the page and then bookmark or add it to your home screen for easy access.

A monthly calendar of events at Bronte and QEPCCC Youth Centres is posted on their pages.

Drew Hildebrand Teen Benefit Fund Holiday Gift Drive – Ends December 16

Did you know that three out of 100 youth are homeless in the GTA? Help us help others! Oakville Youth are contributing to the 3rd Annual Homeless Youth Holiday Wish List by collecting the following items:

  • School Supplies and Backpacks
  • Fleece/Hoodies, Hats/Gloves, Socks/Underwear
  • Toiletries (soap, deodorant, shaving supplies, beauty products, etc.)
  • Twin Sheets and Blankets
  • Gift Cards (Wal-Mart, Shoppers Drug Mart, etc.)
  • Non-perishable food items and laundry soap

Drop your Holiday Gift* off at your local youth centre and show homeless youth we care this holiday season.

*New items only, please.

NEW! QEPCCC P.A. Day Drop-in Passport

We've combined our most popular youth activities into one convenient pass. For just $15, pass holders (ages 12-14) get drop-in access to the clay studio, sports and activities at the QEPCCC Youth Centre. Drop-in activities are unstructured and fully supervised.

Pass holders have the flexibility to participate in all activities at their own leisure. Purchase your pass at the centre 30 minutes prior to drop-in start time. Space is limited as pass is sold on a first come, first serve basis. Drop-in activities run at scheduled times between noon and 6 p.m. For more information please call 905-845-6601, ext. 4609.


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.

Volunteer opportunities

The Town of Oakville offers several training and volunteer opportunities for youth ages 13 to 19.

Learn to Lead (ages 13-17) is the start of the intake process for youth volunteers in summer camps, as well as the spring and winter program sessions. A mandatory pre-camp training session is scheduled in June.

Volunteer hours can be earned at one-day special events (such as Family Day, the Oakville Children's Festival, or Culture Days), in our programs and facilities, or through opportunities provided in our youth centres.

Looking to get your 40 hours or just want to give back to the community? Please visit our online Volunteer Opportunities Tool for details or to apply.

Looking for a part-time job? For more information about current employment opportunities and deadlines, please visit the Town of Oakville's Employment page.

Programs and services

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.

YARD and YARD Plus

The Town of Oakville's YARD program (Youth in Active Recreational Development) is a pre-registered program for high school students with special needs (ages 13-21) offered at Nottinghill Youth Centre on Monday nights from 5 to 8 p.m. in the spring, fall and winter. It is specifically designed for youth to participate in supervised programs and activities in a safe recreational setting.

YARD Plus at QEPCCC Youth Centre is just like your favourite YARD program but with a kick! YARD Plus includes swimming and indoor/outdoor active games between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays in the spring, fall and winter. Open the YARD programs brochure (PDF, 817 kB) for more information.

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.

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 bronteyouth@oakville.ca or call 905-582-3592 for more information.

A photo gallery of the facility and amenities is available on the Bronte Youth Centre page.

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