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.
Youth Services Crew Meetings
We want to hear from YOU! Collect volunteer hours, have a voice about our youth centres and events within Youth Services. Snacks and drinks provided at all meetings. Pre-registration is preferred, but not mandatory. Join us from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the following Saturdays:
- April 25 at BYC
- May 30 at OYC
Kinoak Indoor Skateboard Park – opens April 11
Kinoak Indoor Skateboard Park is open April 11 to September 2. Now offering select scooter times!
Early bird pricing for Student Summer Fitness Memberships
Sign up between April 15 and 30 to SAVE! Student summer memberships (ages 14+) are valid from the date of purchase to August 31 and cost just $105 (until April 30). That means you can work out for less than $1.32 per day at all four Town of Oakville Fitness Centres!
After April 30, these memberships start at $140 and will be prorated daily. Student summer memberships are only available until July 31 and expire on August 31. For more information, visit the Fitness Centres page.
SAVIS presentation and pizza – April 24
Join us at OYC at 7 p.m.
LGBTQ+ Youth Drop-in – Last Thursday of each month starting April 30
Open to all LGBTQ youth and allies. Join us at Oakville Youth Centre from 5 to 8 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month. Snacks and games provided. Call or TEXT 289-208-0886 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
National Youth Week – May 1-7
The countdown is on! The town’s Youth Week celebration takes place May 1-7 at locations throughout Oakville. Highlights include a Tune up Music Night, Skateboarding at Kinoak, an Art Battle, gym drop-ins, games and movie nights, drama workshop and a career night.
All events are FREE and open to youth ages 13-18. Open the Youth Week schedule of events (pdf, 1.7 MB) or pick up a copy at your local youth centre today!
Enter to win! Snap a photo at any Youth Week event and share it on Twitter with #oakvilleyouth for a chance to WIN over $100 in gift cards! Contest is open May 1-7. Must be ages 13-18 to enter.
In addition to the scheduled events, Oakville secondary school students will have free access to the fitness centres at Iroquois Ridge, Glen Abbey, River Oaks and Queen Elizabeth Park community centres during Youth Week. Students must be at least 14 years old and have a valid school identification card.
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
- Video games
- Resume writing
- 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.
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.
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 email@example.com or call 905-582-3592 for more information.
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