Researching NEET youth in Ontario

The Ministry of Children and Youth Services has engaged Blueprint to design and undertake a “Made in Ontario” research project on young people not in employment, education or training (NEET). The findings from the project will help inform the development of policy and programs to serve NEET youth.

The project has two main objectives: to understand the characteristics and circumstances of NEET youth, and to estimate the economic impacts associated with NEET youth.

To understand the characteristics of the NEET youth population, we are analyzing Statistics Canada data (including the Labour Force Survey and Youth in Transition Survey) and fielding a survey of 500 NEET youth in Ontario. Our analysis will produce a detailed demographic and geographic portrait of NEET youth and help us understand the factors that contribute to NEET status.

To estimate the economic impacts associated with NEET youth, we are using government administrative data to understand fiscal costs from both a short-term and long-term perspective.

We have partnered with United Way Greater Toronto and Public Interest for this project. Both partners are using Ontario-wide networks to engage community agencies in the focus groups and administration of the youth survey. We have also partnered with two academic experts based at the University of Toronto, Dr. Kory Kroft and Dr. Scott Davies. Our academic advisors are providing advice and guidance on both measurement and the economic modelling.