The Youth Justice Committee Program - For Youth Aged 12 to 17

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While the Justice on Target strategy is aimed at more effectively moving adult cases through the criminal courts, the Youth Justice Committee Program is recognized as an appropriate alternative to formal court proceedings for some youth criminal cases. A youth and their parent(s) or guardian will meet with a committee of community volunteers and the victim. Together they will negotiate meaningful ways or “sanctions” for the youth to repair the harm caused.

Who Qualifies?

Youth, 12 to 17-years-old, qualify if the offence is minor and police or the Crown decide they are eligible for the program.

How is a young person referred?

Either police, at the time of the investigation of the offence, or the Crown, at the time of the first court appearance, will direct the youth to meet with a Youth Justice Committee Coordinator who will explain the program and decide if the teen meets the requirements to participate.

You can also ask your lawyer or Duty Counsel about your eligibility. You should get legal advice about your rights, the benefits of the program and the legal implications of participating.

What are the requirements?

To be considered for the program a youth must be willing to:

  • Accept responsibility for actions that led to the charge.
  • Meet with a Youth Justice Committee and complete agreed upon “sanctions”.

What is a Youth Justice Committee?

A Youth Justice Committee is made up of community volunteers (up to three) who meet with the teen and their parent(s)/guardian to work out a way to make amends for what they did. The victim may also choose to be there. Both the youth and the victim(s) can bring people to support them. The community volunteers will help everyone talk about:

  • Harm caused
  • Impact to the victim and the community
  • Ways to make things right.

Everyone must agree to the sanctions, which are tasks that the young person must complete and can include:

  • An apology
  • Restitution
  • Volunteer Work
  • Donation to Charity
  • Attending a program or presentation.

Once the sanctions are completed, the police will not lay charges, or the charge(s) will be withdrawn by the Crown.

How long does it take to complete the program?

Youth Justice Committee Program cases are usually completed within three months of referral. This can depend on how much time the youth needs to complete the sanction(s).

Is participation mandatory?

The program is completely voluntary for both youth and victim(s).

If you are not accepted into the program or do not complete the program, your case will be returned to court or the police.

Is there a cost to participate in the program?

No, there is no charge.

Youth may be expected to pay the victim for damaged or stolen property or donate to charity.

Is a record kept?

Although there is no conviction, a record is kept for two years. It can be brought forward if the young person re-offends within two years, even after they turn 18.

How can I volunteer to participate in Youth Justice Committees in my community?

The program operates in 39 communities across Ontario. See the list below, which includes the contact information for the community agencies operating the program, if you would like to volunteer to participate.

Youth Justice Committees Provide:

  • A voice to the victim in the process and an opportunity for them to express how the offence has affected them and what they need to make things right.
  • An opportunity for youth to get a better understanding of their actions and the impact of their behaviour on the people they harmed, their parent(s) and the community.
  • Opportunity for communities to become directly involved in the administration of youth justice.
  • Timely and meaningful resolution to offending behaviour that avoids victims and witnesses having to go to court.

Youth Justice Committee locations:

Barrie

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Simcoe County
102 Maple Avenue
Barrie, Ontario L4N 1S4
Tel: 705-725-0613
Website: www.elizabethfrysociety.com

Belleville

Community Organized Support & Prevention (Quinte) Inc.
121 Dundas Street East, Suite 206
Belleville, ON K8N 1C3
Tel: 613-966-7410
Website: www.cosp.ca

Bracebridge

Family, Youth and Child Services of Muskoka
49 Pine Street
Bracebridge, ON P1H 1X1
Tel: 705-645-4426
Website: www.fycsm.ca

Brampton

Associated Youth Services of Peel – Peel YJC
160 Traders Blvd. East, Suite 100
Mississauga, ON L4Z 3K7
Tel: 905-890-5222
Website: www.aysp.ca

Brockville

RNJ Youth Services
779 Chelsea Street, Unit BL2
Brockville, ON K6V 6J8
Tel: 613-342-4238
Toll free: 1-866-349-0539
Website: www.rnjyouth.com

Cobourg

Rebound Child & Youth Services Inc.
700 D'Arcy Street North
Unit 20, Upper Level
Cobourg, ON K9A5T3
Tel: 905-372-0007
Website: www.rcys.ca

Cochrane

North Eastern Ontario Family and Children's Services
707 Ross Ave East
Timmins, ON P4N 8R1
Tel: 705-360-7100
Website: www.neofacs.org

Cornwall

Laurencrest Youth Services Inc.
510 Mercier Avenue
Cornwall, ON K6K 1K2
Tel: 613-933-6362
Website: www.laurencrest.ca

Durham Region

Boys and Girls Club of Durham
433 Eulalie Avenue
Oshawa, ON L1H 2C6
Tel: 905-728-5121
Website: www.bgcdurham.com

Dryden

FIREFLY
820 Lakeview Drive
Kenora, ON P9N 3P7
Tel: 807-223-8550
Toll free: 1-800-465-7203
Website: www.fireflynw.ca

Fort Frances

United Native Friendship Centre
516 Portage Avenue Box 752
Fort Frances, ON P9A 3N1
Tel: 807-274-8541
Toll free: 1-877-496-9034
Website: www.unfc.org

Goderich

The Salvation Army Correctional and Justice Services
281 Wellington Street
London, ON N6B 2L4
Tel: 519-432-9553
Website: www.salvationarmy.ca

Guelph

John Howard Society of Waterloo-Wellington - Guelph YJC
310 Charles Street, East
Kitchener, ON N2G 2P9
Tel: 519-743-6071
Website: www.waterloo.johnhoward.on.ca

Haileybury

North Eastern Ontario Family and Children's Services
707 Ross Ave East
Timmins, ON P4N 8R1
Tel: 705-360-7100
Website: www.neofacs.org

Hamilton

John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area
654 Barton Street East
Hamilton, ON L8L
Tel: 905-522–4446
Website: www.jhshamilton.on.ca

Kenora

Ne-Chee Friendship Centre
1301 Railway Street, Box 241
Kenora, ON P9N 3X3
Tel: 807-468-5440
Website: www.nechee.org

Kingston

Youth Diversion Program
559 Bagot Street
Kingston, ON K7K 3E1
Tel: 613-548-4535
Website: www.youthdiversion.org

Kitchener

John Howard Society of Waterloo Wellington - Kitchener YJC
310 Charles Street East
Kitchener, Ontario N2G 2P9
Tel: 519-743-6071
Website: www.waterloo.johnhoward.on.ca

Lindsay

Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes
107 Lindsay Street South
Lindsay, ON K9V 2M5
Tel: 705-324-4493
Website: www.bgckl.com

London

St. Leonard's Society of London
405 Dundas Street
London, ON N6B 1V9
Tel: 519-850-3777
Website: www.slcs.ca

Milton

John Howard Society Peel-Halton-Dufferin
134 Main Street North
Brampton, ON L6V 1N8
Tel: 905-459-2205
Website: www.johnhowardphd.ca

Newmarket

Operation Springboard
976 College Street
Toronto, On M6H 1A5
Tel: 416-915 – 7661
Fax: 647-426 – 1826
Website: www.springboardservices.ca

North Bay

YES Employment Services Inc. (Nipissing)
149 Main Street East
North Bay, ON P1B 1A9
Tel: 705-476-3234
Website: www.yesnorthbay.com

Orangeville

Associated Youth Services of Peel - Dufferin YJC
160 Traders Blvd. East
Suite 100
Mississauga, ON L4Z 3K7
Tel: 905-890-5222
Website: www.aysp.ca

Owen Sound

YMCA of Owen Sound & Bruce County
648 2nd Ave. East
Owen Sound, ON N4K 2G8
Tel: 519-371 – 9230
Website: www.ymcaowensound.on.ca

Parry Sound

Hands, TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca
37 Main Street, Box 596
Sundridge, ON P0A 1Z0
Tel: 705-746-4293 Toll free: 1-800-668-8555
Website: www.thefamilyhelpnetwork.ca

Perth

Lanark County Community Justice Program Inc.
8 Herriott Street, Suite 10E
Perth, ON K7H 1S9
Tel: 613-264-1558
Web: www.commjustice.org

Peterborough

John Howard Society of Peterborough
305 Stewart Street
Peterborough, ON K9J 3N2
Tel: 705-743-8331
Website: www.jhsptbo.com

St. Catharines

Port Colborne Community Association For Resource Extension (Port Cares)
92 Charlotte Street
Port Colborne, ON L3K 3E1
Tel: 905-834-3629
Website: www.portcares.on.ca

St. Thomas

The Salvation Army Canada
281 Wellington Street
London, ON N6B 2L4
Tel: 519-432-9553
Website: www.salvationarmy.ca

Sault Ste. Marie

Operation Springboard
191 Northern Avenue
Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6B 4H8
Tel: 705-949–0162 Ext. 248
Fax : 705-949-4747
www.springboardservices.ca/

Simcoe/ Cayuga

Haldimand - Norfolk R.E.A.C.H.
1101 Nanticoke Creek Parkway
Townsend, ON N0A 1S0
Tel: 519-587-2441
Toll free: 1-800-265-8087
Website: www.hnreach.on.ca

Stratford

Huron-Perth Centre
63 Lorne Ave. East, Unit 2A
Stratford, ON N5A 6S4
Tel: 519-273-3373
Website: www.hpcentre.on.ca

Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay Indian Youth Friendship Centre
401 Cumberland Street North
Thunder Bay, ON P7A 4P7
Tel: 807-345-5840
Website: www.tbifc.ca

Toronto, Etobicoke

Associated Youth Services of Peel
160 Traders Blvd. East, Suite 100
Mississauga, ON L4Z 3K7
Tel: 905-890-5222
Website: www.aysp.ca

Toronto, Scarborough East (Malvern)

Operation Springboard
2568 Lawrence Avenue East
Scarborough, ON M1P 2R7
Tel: 416-615–0788
Fax: 647-436–7741
Website: www.springboardservices.ca

Toronto, Scarborough West

West Scarborough Neighbourhood Community Centre
313 Pharmacy Ave.
Scarborough, Ontario M1L 3E7
Tel: 416-755-9215
Website: www.wsncc.org

Windsor

Essex County Diversion Program Inc.
1821 Provincial Road
Windsor, ON N8W 5V7
Tel: 519-253-3340
Website: www.ecyouthdiversion.ca

Woodstock

Community Options for Justice (Oxford)
389 Dundas Street
Woodstock, ON N4S 1B6
Tel: 519-539-2119
Website: http://hosted.ocl.net//projects/coj/

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