The Ontario Ranger Program, dating back to 1944 and with over 78,000 alumni, was cut by the Ontario government on September 27, 2012. Friends of the Ontario Ranger Program is continuing to garner support and actively showing why and how the Ontario Ranger Program, formerly the Junior Ranger Program, is a unique, irreplaceable, youth program.

Great News

Municipal Councils across Ontario (e.g. Huntsville, Uxbridge, Thunder Bay, Sioux Lookout, Newmarket, Township of Ramara) have supported our resolution to restore the Ontario Ranger Program in the 2014 provincial budget.  Thanks to Uxbridge, most municipalities throughout Ontario have received and discussed our resolution.  Contact your local municipality or check the minutes from recent meetings to see if they voted to support the resolution. Phone, email or drop into the municipal office to thank them for their support!  Find the resolution on our Resource page or download it here.

More Great News

In late November, the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority voted to support our resolution and distribute it via Conservation Ontario to ALL conservation authorities (CAs) in the province. Not surprisingly there are a lot of former Rangers involved in the LSRCA!
Most CAs have received the resolution this month (January) and it will be discussed at a public meeting in January or February. YOU can help by contacting your local or favourite CA and telling them why their support is important. Bring a group to the meeting & make your voices heard! Download the resolution here. Or find it on our Resource page.  Thank you to Kettle Creek CA and Lakehead Region CA for you support!

If your local CA or municipality voted to support our resolution, please contact your MPP to ensure s/he is aware that many people in their riding support the reinstatement of the Ontario Ranger program!

Here at FORP headquarters, we've also set ourselves a personal goal - we want to meet Premier Kathleen Wynne in person.  We know that if she spoke directly to former Rangers, she would understand the importance of the program and it would be an easy decision to include it in the 2014 budget. So, tell us your connection to Premier Wynne (no matter how tenuous) to help us get our foot in her door!
With 2014 budget talks in progress, it's vital that our support network continues to grow so that the provincial government realizes how important the Ontario Ranger program is to many different sectors in the province. Remember, the annual cost of the program is just $1.8 million per year; small change in budget terms.

Thank you so much for your ongoing support. Please help us continue to spread the word about the Ontario Ranger program so it is not forgotten, and can continue to benefit Ontario's youth for many years to come.

What is the Ontario Ranger Program?

The Ontario Ranger Program was a youth program run by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR). Dating back to 1944, it was called the “Junior Forest Ranger Program”, and in that first year employed 21 youth. Since then it grew to offering about 804 summer positions, and as high as 2000 positions in 1973. In its hayday the program included 52 camps! The official name of the Junior Ranger Program changed to Ontario Ranger Program in the early 1990s.

How you can help

Our Blog: Testimonies from across the province

Read personal stories of how the program has influenced lives and makes a difference. Find more at our blog or click on a story below.

Olivia Chow speaks out for reinstating the Ontario Ranger Program

"If the new Kathleen Wynne provincial government are serious about giving hope to young people, then the Junior Forest Ranger program must be reinstated."
One reason why it matters, find more here.