The Investment in Youth Engagement (IYE) Initiative was established by Toronto Public Health (TPH) to support youth engagement work in Toronto communities and provide funding to support community health promotion projects. It is intended to motivate and create opportunities for youth to develop their leadership skills and engage in and act on health issues within Toronto. This initiative is youth driven, which means that youth are involved in all aspects of the application process, project planning and implementation.





Youth groups will identify a tobacco prevention issue and develop a community-based health promotion project. The project must focus on at least one tobacco prevention topic, which will support the prevention of the use of commercial tobacco. These projects components can include:

  • hookah/shisha
  • e-cigarettes/vaping
  • elementary and secondary school tobacco policies
  • campus-based tobacco policies
  • smoke-free multi-unit housing
  • smoke-free movies
  • tobacco use cessation (quit smoking programs)
  • butt litter
  • tobacco industry denormalization

Secondary project components can include, but are not limited to:

  • physical activity promotion
  • healthy eating
  • mental health promotion
  • body image and self-esteem
  • substance and alcohol misuse
  • injury prevention
  • other needs that have been identified by youth in their community