Help for young parents

The LEAP program

LEAP – Learning, Earning and Parenting – is a Partners for Jobs employment activity under basic education and literacy training. It is designed to meet the needs of young parents on social assistance. LEAP provides help to finish high school, gain work experience and learn more about parenting.

Participation:

  • Mandatory for 16 and 17-year-old parents on Ontario Works who have not completed high school
  • Eligible single parents and couples aged 18 to 25 who have not completed high school

Community partners can support the LEAP program by offering non-paid and paid employment placements to help participants gain work experience and on-the-job training.

LEAP provides young parents with additional financial and emotional supports to overcome barriers to school attendance and to learn more about parenting. LEAP can help participants:

  • Finish high school
  • Develop employment skills
  • Plan for the future
  • Get ideas and support
  • Learn more about child development

More information:

Young parents on Ontario Works can find out more about LEAP from their case coordinators. For more information, please call the Partners for Jobs information line at 613-560-6000.

Benefits for participants

As well as gaining education and experience, LEAP participants receive many benefits including financial assistance with:

  • Housing
  • daycare
  • Transportation
  • School or training supplies
  • Upon completion of high school and an approved parenting program, participants will also receive a $500 bursary to be put towards their post secondary education or their child's Education Savings Plan.

LEAP was created to help young parents take good care of their children and themselves. LEAP participants learn to be self-reliant. Completing grade 12 is a positive step towards finding and keeping a job. It also serves as an excellent example about the importance of education to the children of LEAP participants.