Exploring Pathways Communities


Name of Community:



Name of Host Agency:

Kingston Community Health Centre


Program History:

The city’s north end includes the Inner North End and Rideau Heights communities, both of which struggle with high dropout rates and poverty. North Kingston today remains the crucible of socio-economic disadvantage, saddled by the traditional model of centralized public housing in Rideau Heights and the consequent problems that a concentration of multi-generational poverty breeds. Yet there is an emergent North Kingston, a community of distinct neighbourhoods with a clear sense of identity, seasoned community leaders, active citizen engagement and a string of recent community development successes.

In 2010, Pathways Kingston was launched – the 10th Pathways to Education program in Canada – in partnership with Kingston Community Health Centres. Finishing its 6th year, Pathways in Kingston will host its 3rd graduating class this summer to add to their current total of 87 Alumni.

Geographical Boundaries, General Size, Catchment Area:


The catchment area of the Kingston Pathways to Education program is within the north section of the city, including the communities of the Inner North End and Rideau Heights: Raglan Road to Conacher St. between Division Street and the Cataraqui River.


Community Demographics:

  • 8.95% of population is youth age 12-19

  • 0.5% are recent Immigrants

  • 6.5% are Aboriginal Youth

  • 5.7% visible minority population

  • 29% lone parent households


Community Partnerships:


As host to the Pathways program in Kingston, the Kingston Community Health Centre is a multi-service community health centre supporting the community in the areas of physical health, emotional health, immigrant services among other things.


Other partnerships and resources connected to Pathways Kingston include:

YMCA, St. Lawrence College, Queens University, Students Commission of Canada.

Post-Secondary Areas of Interest for Pathways to Education Students:  (Top 5-6 Programs)

  • Child and youth worker

  • Science

  • Computer programming analyst

  • Arts

  • Veterinary assistant

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