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Barrie Youth Friendly Committee

The Barrie Youth Friendly Committee is a collaboration between the City and several youth-serving organizations, with a shared commitment to work together with Barrie’s youth, for Barrie’s youth. 

Know of a youth-friendly program, business or organization in Barrie? Tell us about it!

In 2017, the City of Barrie will submit an application to be recognized as a Youth Friendly Community and ultimately receive designation for our commitment to providing young people with diverse opportunities to play, participate in, and contribute to the Barrie community. This is a community application and we are looking to get youth, service partners and the general public involved with the application process!

Libraries, local businesses, and youth-friendly community groups can help by contributing examples for Barrie's submission to Jessica Gourlie, Barrie's youth can also participate by sharing opinions and feedback on community programs, activities and services they enjoy.

About the Committee

In an effort to make Barrie one of the most youth friendly communities in Ontario, the committee has focused on #Taking Action : Working together for Barrie’s Youth 2016-2017:   

  1. We will continue to make affordable recreational programs available to youth 13-19;
  2. We will create “meaningful” volunteer experiences for Barrie’s high school students;
  3. We will give “voice” to Barrie’s youth;
  4. We will create “youth friendly” spaces for youth to work, play and volunteer;
  5. We will use the Playworks Application to enhance our committee’s actions.

The committee includes members from the City of Barrie, YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka, Youth Haven Barrie, Youth ReachSimcoe Muskoka District Health Unit Canadian Mental Health and Addiction Services of Simcoe County and Barrie Public Library.

If you are interested in getting involved, please feel free to contact the committee at


PlayWorks is a framework that recognizes communities for various levels of “youth-friendliness." In 2010, the Barrie's Youth Friendly Committee applied for and was successful in attaining “Bronze Level” status from PlayWorks.

In spring 2012, youth aged 13-19 were asked to provide feedback on their experience of being a young person living in Barrie through a survey based on the PlayWorks best practices. The survey confirmed Barrie’s 2010 PlayWorks application; 73% of our community’s youth “enjoyed living in Barrie.” The survey also identified some areas where Barrie could be more “youth friendly" and helped identity the Committee's strategic directions.

The committee re-launched a second survey to assess youth feedback in late 2015, and are collecting and reviewing the feedback in 2016 from the updated youth survey to help measure progress.

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