The Canadian Tamil Youth Development Centre (CanTYD) is a non-profit organization that provides free programs and services to Tamil youth in Toronto. CanTYD describes itself as a youth-led, youth driven and youth-focused agency that recognizes the importance of involving local youth in the development of programs and is committed to developing leadership capacities among youth.

CanTYD was formed in 1998 to address the need to develop and empower youth, and foster a positive image of Tamil- Canadian youth within the mainstream and local community. As a non-profit organization, CanTYD provides services to youth, parents, and other stakeholders throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

Our Approach

Our Story


Our Vision & Approach

To date, the organization has initiated a variety of programs, projects, and services that are based on the principles of our mission statement.


CanTYD continues to conduct research through surveys and through personal interviews with youth, school administration, and parents. Our new research methodology includes a hands-on evaluation completed by the Program Committee that looks into evaluating programs and implementing new programs to benefit youth.


Education programs are developed and delivered to youth, parents, school boards, and community partners to raise awareness of challenges faced by Tamil youth.


CanTYD works actively with school boards, funders, non-profit organizations, and community organizations to learn and provide services to youth.


CanTYD advocates for the voice of Tamil youth, raising community concerns, publicly discussing youth issues, and gaining the support of government and school board officials on policy issues that affect youth.


Staff members and volunteers provide outreach services at various schools within the GTA. In addition, CanTYD connects the community to existing resources available to serve their needs.


CanTYD creates an environment that is conducive to self-directed growth by keeping youth at the forefront of all initiatives. The organization strives to provide youth with the tools and services necessary to overcome obstacles and pursue their dreams.

Mission Statement

We are committed to empowering and developing Tamil youth by utilizing the principles of research, education, partnership, advocacy, assistance, and empowerment.