Alternative Suspension began in Montreal’s Mile End district in the fall of 1999, in response to a request from a neighborhood school. It was their experience that students would spend their suspensions on the street, without any kind of supervision. In conjunction with the local school commissioner, the Du Parc YMCA started a pilot project in response to this situation. Quickly gaining credibility, the program has rapidly grown, offering 6 points of service as of 2005 and serving over fifty schools within the Montreal area.
2010 marks the nationwide rollout of the Alternative Suspension program. The YMCA of Regina was selected as the host organization for the province of Saskatchewan. The Regina Alternative Suspension Program will begin accepting students mid-March 2010.