• Councillor Mark Grimes

City distributes $450,000 in grant funding to enhance the Toronto Youth Vaccine Engagement Strategy

The City of Toronto announced it is distributing $450,000 to support the Toronto Youth Vaccine Engagement Strategy aimed at increasing COVID-19 vaccine uptake among vulnerable youth.

The Toronto Youth Vaccine Engagement Strategy – in partnership with the City and the Toronto Youth Cabinet (TYC) – is part of the City’s COVID-19 Community Mobilization and Engagement Plan, focused on reducing barriers to COVID-19 vaccines among vulnerable youth, and increasing vaccination uptake in equity-deserving communities.

The Toronto Youth Vaccine Engagement Strategy grant, which was awarded to four youth-serving community organizations, will be in place through September 15, 2022 and utilized for youth-centric outreach and engagement activities in focused neighbourhoods. The following agencies were selected as recipients:

  • WoodGreen Community Services (South, Lead organization)

  • Shakespeare in Action (West)

  • Elspeth Heyworth Centre for Women (North)

  • Agincourt Community Services (East)

The selected organizations will work with the Toronto Youth Vaccine Advisory Committee (TYVAC), as well as with Vaccine Engagement Teams (VETs), to enhance and develop city-wide COVID-19 vaccine engagement strategies with a youth-focused lens.

Further information is available on the City’s COVID-19: City Immunization Program webpage.