Communities That Care (CTC)

In 2008 Communities That Care (CTC) was announced as part of Reclaiming Hope - Manitoba's Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy.

CTC is a tested, effective community-wide initiative to promote positive, healthy development of children and youth. One of the main goals of CTC is to develop healthy behaviours for all children and youth by providing opportunities, skills, and recognition; in families, schools, communities and peer-groups. Over 500 communities globally are “Communities That Care”.

How CTC Works
Community members (youth, families, Elders, residents, service providers) come together to work on issues youth in the community are facing like drinking & drug use, violence, teen-pregnancy, delinquent behaviours, school drop-out, and depression/suicide.

Together communities are empowered to celebrate youth and success, create a vision for a healthy community, form working groups, identify strengths and challenges in the community, plan how to deal with those challenges, set realistic goals and oversee the implementation and monitoring of evidence-based programming with a focus on prevention.

Healthy Child Manitoba is currently working with four Manitoba communities to pilot the Communities That Care model for community development.



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A partnership of:

Manitoba Education and Training • Manitoba Families • Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living • Manitoba Indigenous and Municipal Relations • Manitoba Justice • Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage / Francophone Affairs / Status of Women