Standards for Canadian organizations

2020 Edition

Youth Independent Living Services Definition


Young adults who receive Youth Independent Living Services obtain safe and stable housing, develop life skills and competencies including work readiness, achieve educational and financial growth goals, and establish healthy, supportive adult and peer relationships.


Youth Independent Living Services are designed for older adolescents who have been separated from their homes, may have been disconnected from long-term family relationships, and may have assumed parenting responsibilities. These youth need skills and support to lead self-sufficient, healthy, productive, and stable adult lives. Youth receiving these services may be in ministry custody, living in a foster care or kinship care home, or in a residential treatment or group home setting and typically face numerous challenges due to multiple, changing living arrangements. These challenges include a lack of: connection to effective support for educational achievement and school continuity; access to employment preparation and jobs; personal financial education, competency and security; and sources of encouragement to save and start to accumulate assets.
2020 Edition



Note: An organization that provides Counselling, Support and Education Services (CA-CSE); Mental Health and/or Substance Use Services (CA-MHSU); Case Management (CA-CM); Workforce Development Services (CA-WDS); Vocational Rehabilitation Services (CA-VOC); Family Foster Care and Kinship Care (CA-FKC); Refugee Resettlement Services (CA-RRS); Pregnancy Support Services (CA-PS); and/or Mentoring Services (CA-MS), will complete additional, complementary service sections.

Note: Please see CA-YIL Reference List for the research that informed the development of these standards.