Ottawa Pathways to Education

The Ottawa Pathways program was launched in September 2007 following an extensive research and community engagement process which revealed that the historical high school drop-out rate for youth living in west-end social housing neighbourhoods was 49%. Based on this research, Ottawa’s west-end was one of five communities across Canada to be approved to replicate the Pathways model in 2007.  The program was launched in September 2007 with a group of 80 Grade 9 students.  There are now well over 400 students in Grades 9-12 in the Pathways Ottawa Program.

The Ottawa Pathways to Education™ Program provides multi-faceted and long-term support to young people living in low-income neighbourhoods in the west end of Ottawa.  An evidence-based model, the Pathways Program has been uniquely designed to build upon individual, family and community strengths to foster achievement and resilience.

Ottawa Pathways to Education is hosted by the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre with funding made available from through Pathways to Education Canada and direct contributions to the site from individuals, foundations and corporations.