Learning, Earning and Parenting (LEAP) Program

This program helps young parents:

  • Complete their high school education, taking into account individual needs and obstacles to school attendance an academic success
  • Develop parenting skills that promote health child development
  • Access a range of employment related supports to assist them in obtaining sustainable employment and achieving financial independence

We will cover part of or all of your expenses related to:

  • Educational trips
  • Employment
  • Graduation fees
  • Recreational activity fees
  • School supplies and clothing
  • Transportation

Free Childcare

Niagara Region supports children from birth to 12 years of age and their families by providing a range of services offered across Niagara, including supports for children with special needs.

A single appointment with a casemanager will determine your eligibility for both Ontario Works and placement in a subsidized licensed child care space while participating in activities.


To be eligible for this program, you must be:

  • A parent 25 years of age or younger
  • In receipt of social assistance (Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support)
  • Have not completed high school

This program is voluntary for parents 18 to 25 years old and mandatory for parents 16 and 17.

$500 Cash Incentive

Each participant will receive $500 when they complete both secondary school and a minimum 35 hours of approved parenting activities.

This incentive is an investment towards further education and training for either the parent or the child.

How to Apply

  • Contact your casemanager if you are on Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support
  • Call social assistance and employment opportunities at 905-641-9960 ext. 6028 (1-866-627-1110 for West Niagara)

Apply for financial assistance

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