BGCC Programs


Basic Needs Brighter Future

The Basic Needs, Brighter Future program provides young people with resources to enhance and expand their access to food, education relating to food, and the development of healthy habits and life skills. Grants allow Clubs to feed more young people and their families, promote the importance of healthy habits, and educate Club staff and members.

For children and youth of all ages


Project Backpack

Project Backpack is designed to help reduce food insecurity for young people and their families. Once a week, program participants (selected with discretion by the Club) are given a food-filled backpack to bring home, with nutritious food that they can easily assemble into healthy meals over the weekend or during time periods when Clubs or schools are unable to provide meals.

For children and youth of all ages


Kid Food Nation

Kid Food Nation is a national initiative that helps kids and families develop food skills through hands-on experiences related to planning, preparing, and cooking. The program also features an online hub with resources for healthy eating and meal preparation, and a national recipe competition that encourages kids to put their food literacy skills into practice and submit original, healthy, and nutritious recipes. Our Kid Food Nation online hub was created by Corus Entertainment, and our program is developed through collaboration with Dietitians of Canada.

For children ages 7-12


Bounce Back League

Our new trauma-informed sports program aims to improve the physical and mental health of Club members by combining organized sport with the power of being part of a team. Using cutting-edge clinical and academic trauma-informed approaches, the program equips kids to better handle the ups and downs of life.

For children aged 8 – 12


Get in the Game

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Get in the Game! Increases young people’s exposure to a variety of sports and give Boys and Girls Club members the opportunity to develop physical literacy.  The program provides kids with referrals to sports programs and support with registrations.  Clubs will help provide year-round access to play sports outside of school and benefit from sport instruction, skill development and improved physical fitness. Our Programs include squash, ball hockey and golf!


Jays Care

The Toronto Blue Jays, through the Jays Care Foundation, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada have partnered on a number of nationwide initiatives that aim to remove barriers to sport for children and youth across Canada. To date, Jays Care Foundation has invested over $1 million in community investments (capital space, equipment, supplies and funding) in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada.

The partnership of Jays Care Foundation and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada combines the vast reach of the Toronto Blue Jays with the grassroots functionality of individual Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada. Together, the partnership ensures that Canadian children and youth are given every possible opportunity to grow, thrive in their environments and become physically active.


Giant Tiger Giant Steps

Giant Steps offers opportunities for young people to complete homework in a supportive environment, and also offers them the chance to learn about opportunities for further education or career guidance. Through Giant Steps, youth build knowledge and skills not only in academics, but also in communication and leadership.


For youth aged 12 – 13


Tennis Program

Designed for kids with no previous tennis experience, the Tennis League program focuses on learning tennis through play, rather than the traditional lesson-based model. Using modified tennis balls, rackets, nets, and courts that can be used in non-traditional facilities, young players learn the fundamentals of the game early on.


Kid Tech Nation

Kid Tech Nation teaches children digital skills, coding concepts, internet safety, and computational thinking, while building Club staff capacity with digital training and teaching resources. The program also focuses on engaging young people that are typically underrepresented in STEM fields: girls, racialized and Indigenous children, and children from newcomer families.

For children aged 8 – 12

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