Welcome to the YFC Recognition Program

Let's make Ontario Youth Friendly!

Due to the continued unprecedented situation, and the need to ensure that communities are able to meet the minimum requirements for application to be recognized as a Youth Friendly Community, the Recognition Program will continue to be paused. The next application time frame will be January 2023. The application portal will open in the spring of 2022 at which time communities can participate in scheduled orientation sessions. In the meantime, do please read on about Youth Friendly Communities.

A YOUTH FRIENDLY community is one that actively supports and provides opportunities for the growth and development of youth (ages 13 to 19) through play.

Are you interested in having your community designated as 'Youth Friendly'? If so, Play Works looks forward to receiving your application!

Take a moment to find out more about Play Works, the Youth Friendly Community Recognition Program, and what you might need to know to being the application process.

Ontario Trillium Foundation

The Play Works Youth Friendly Community Recognition Program online application portal is made possible through a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.


If you are the Lead Applicant, please follow the instructions below. If you are a Co-Applicant, you do not have to register to participate in this process.

1. Orientation Webinar

Before registering in the system, contact Play Works for an Orientation Webinar. The Webinar will walk you through the application process and provide helpful tips on how to collect information to include in your application.

2. Register

Click on the "Register" link and complete and submit the registration form.

3. Log in

Log in to the system with your email and password.

4. Instructions

Read the Lead Applicant instructions.

5. Create

Create your online submission.

6. Save

During the Call for Submission period, your submission can be saved as DRAFT until all the required information is completed and attachments uploaded. As each section is complete, you will see a appear in the tab when the submission is saved. Please ensure that all attachments are in Acrobat PDF format. At any time, you can download and print your submission by clicking on the icon in the Submission Summary section.

7. Submit

On completion, save your Submission as FINAL. Download and print a copy of your submission for your records by clicking on the icon in the Submission Summary section in the right column. Note: If an update is required prior to the Call for Submission period, you can make the update and resave as FINAL.

If you require assistance or additional information, please contact Play Works.

Log in

First time visitor? Use the "Register" button. Once you submit your registration, use the "Log in" button and start your online application.

Returning visitor? Use the "Log in" button and start your online application.

Forgot Password?

Orientation Webinars

Lead Applicants must participate in an Orientation Webinar prior to beginning the application process.
Organizations interested in attending an Orientation Webinar are asked to email Marion Price at MPrice@prontario.org beginning February 2022 to set up a time for a spring Orientation.

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Contact Us

Play Works
1 Concorde Gate, Suite 302
Toronto, ON M3C 3N6
Email: pwp@playworkspartnership.ca