Residential Programs

Youth need a stable home to grow into contributing adults. Our residential programs provide safe and reliable housing combined with personalized social supports for young men on a path to independence and community reintegration.

Transition House


A semi-independent home preparing young men for adulthood

This four-bed East Scarborough Transition House is a safe home for young men in complicated legal and family situations. Young men, aged 16-24, that may have otherwise slipped through the cracks of the youth justice system gain the tools to change their future.

The young residents are responsible for their own day-to-day tasks like housekeeping and grocery shopping. Compassionate youth workers develop personal plans for each youth in the home and provide guidance to promote healthy behaviours for a lifetime. With a focus on flourishing into adulthood, residents learn the skills they will use for their entire adult life, like meal planning and grocery shopping on a healthy budget.

The young men go to school, work or work preparation programs, and other life-skills training without the stress of an unstable home. At the end of their stay, these young men are ready to return and positively contribute to their communities.


We accept referrals from Probation Officers, Social Workers, Custody Facilities and other professionals working with youth. We also accept self-referrals from youth who are in need of housing. Previous youth justice involvement is a requirement for participating youth.

To make a referral or ask a question please contact

Sean Janes (Director of Residential Programs)

sjanes@fernieyouth.ca or (416) 903-6846

Island Road

Young men in detention or custody use their time here to reflect, learn, and prepare to reintegrate into their community.

Island Road is a supervised home for up to 8 young men sent to Fernie by a judge. During their stay with us, the youth participate in programming to face the behaviours that led them here and change their actions going forward.

We strive to successfully reintegrate every young man back into their family and community, with new skills to handle life’s challenges. 

Current programming includes:

  • Onsite schooling in cooperation with the Toronto District School Board
  • Onsite music recording studio
  • Anger awareness and management
  • Financial literacy
  • Cognitive skills training and anti-social thinking
  • Teen/parent conflict
  • Peer relations
  • Substance misuse education
  • Youth gangs and bullying education
  • Life and social skills
  • Youth violence prevention
  • 1st Aid and CPR
  • Abilities Centre – Recreation membership
  • Job readiness and employment support

All services are provided in an inclusive, non-discriminatory environment that appreciates ethnocultural, racial, linguistic, and ancestral diversity. This includes the provision of services under the French Language Services Act. Employee orientation and ongoing trainings enhance staff knowledge of these services, along with regular consultation with local community groups and associations.

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Youth grow with their environment, the better the community supports the better the outcome. Read about some youth who have made a commitment to change.

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(416) 284-3711

437 Port Union Rd, Scarborough, ON M1C 2L6