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General overview

Stage of development: Implementation

Policy sector: Education

Start date of service provision: Sep 2021

Capital raised (minimum): CAD 3.40m (USD 2.56m)

Service users: 1k+ individuals


The Alternative Suspension Social Impact Bond (SIB) is an outcomes-based financing agreement that seeks to reduce school dropouts rates among youths aged 12–17, and act as a deterrence for repeated suspensions. The Programme supports secondary-level students who have been temporarily dismissed from the school setting through a three (3) to five (5) day offsite program. Students receive support with schoolwork, participate in group workshops, and engage in individual counselling, building autonomy and self-esteem throughout.

Target population

The programme welcomes youth between the ages of 10 to 17, who are confronted with significant risk factors in their personal and academic lives. Program participants are referred to the program by pre-identified, participating secondary level schools in each program community.



  • Canada

Service delivery locations

  • Ten (10) programme sites across Canada (targeted communities in Ontario, Québec, British Columbia, and the Atlantic region)

Involved organisations

Service Providers

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Outcome metrics

  • Programme Completion: The YMCAs of Québec will track the total number of individuals who completed the program during the duration of the SIB. The YMCAs of Québec anticipates 1,547 youth completing the programme.
  • Change in Behaviour: The YMCAs of Québec measures the difference in the percentage of a cohort that exhibits a positive change in behaviour after participating in the Alternative Suspension program vs. the percentage of a comparison group that exhibits a positive change in behaviour without the program or from another intervention.
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