Helping youth flourish and contribute to safer communities for a lifetime.

We provide safe housing, open custody, community reintegration, and employment readiness to help youth in and at risk of being in conflict with the law find purposeful living.


Since 1964, we have guided youth on their journey away from conflict with the law toward their best self in the spirit of our founder, George Fernie.

“I feel good about myself and see a lot more options now…more opportunities, resources, networks and supports. I feel like people care and encourage me to do better in life. Being around positive people for so long has turned bad habits into good habits – now all I know are good habits.” — Keon

“The first time around, I was half invested, forgetting the Fernie lessons in my free time, and it didn’t work – let people in, let the program work because now I’m a leader at my job with my own house and dream car.” – Fehim

“When I was 19, I had one year of high school and no positive influences in my life. I trusted no one. Today, I have a full-time job and my G1 license. I go to counseling regularly and I’m planning a career.” — Kyle

“Before Fernie I did not have a home for a long time. Sometimes I was in jail. My mentors here taught me self-respect and to trust others. I have my own apartment today and a job. I am an apprentice to be a mechanic.” – Glen

Caring Beyond Reason® is at the heart of our programs for youth and their families. In the spirit of George Fernie we provide at risk youth with the relationships, knowledge and abilities needed on their journey from the youth justice system to being contributing adults.


Transitional Housing

Open Custody

Employment Readiness

Community Reintegration

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$25,000 OTF Grant for Imperative Youth Justice Enhancements

$25,000 OTF Grant for Imperative Youth Justice Enhancements

“With the new OTF funding, Fernie Youth Services is embracing the future. We’re excited to implement technology solutions that will enhance how we connect with and support the youth in our community,” said Jeff Johnson, CEO, Fernie Youth Services

Hope for Housing

Hope for Housing

On any given night, roughly 2,000 youth are unhoused in Toronto alone.[1] Statistically, more than half of them will have involvement with the justice system.[2] While every young client that comes to Fernie is unique, an unfortunately common trait is a need for safe...

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