Child Welfare Systems and Children’s Rights

November 13, 2018

In a new discussion paper, the CCRC is calling for reform of provincial child welfare systems to better respect the rights of children.  Recent rulings by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and provincial courts in the Sixties Scoop cases found that both federal and provincial child welfare programs have violated the rights of Indigenous children.  […]

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Children at the Center of New Family Law

October 29, 2018

Bill C-78 proposes significant changes in the laws that affect children caught up in the separation and/or divorce of their parents and related family court processes.  Legislative changes that will make the best interests of the children the paramount consideration for all actors is positive.  It makes Canada’s laws more consistent with the Convention on […]

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Children’s Rights in Canada’s Response to the UPR

September 30, 2018

Canada received 245 recommendations from other countries to improve how it implements human rights, including children’s rights.  The response is a missed opportunity to make and show progress in Canada.  It shows that not much has changed in practice, in spite of ministerial level statements about improving implementation in Canada. The forthcoming review of children’s […]

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Children’s rights under review

September 16, 2018

Children’s rights in Canada are under review.  The official report, due in July, is now four months late.  Children’s rights are important.  You can help ensure the review is taken seriously. You can use the review process to make progress for your issues.  Read more about it and consider what you can do. Implementing the […]

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Raise the Bar: Children’s Rights in Canada

September 1, 2018

  Join us in Ottawa from November 21-22 to work together for the rights of Canadian children and youth! You are invited to join NGOs, Parliamentarians, government officials, researchers, and advocates together with children and youth from across Canada to share your priorities, successes and challenges at Raise the Bar: Children’s Rights in Canada, November 21-22, […]

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Poverty Plan: A Good Start

August 22, 2018

The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC) welcomes the official release of Canada’s first Federal Poverty Reduction Strategy.  It signals clear recognition of the need for focused and coordinated attention to address the long-standing challenge of poverty, including child poverty, across Canada.  In particular, the framework is noteworthy for setting targets, using multiple […]

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Family Law and Children’s Rights

May 26, 2018

Proposed changes in Canadian family law are a big step forward for children’s rights in Canada.  If passed, Bill 78 will make the Best Interests of the Child the only principle for decisions on parental arrangements in divorce cases.  Criteria for determining the best interests of the child reflect Convention principles, including a legal requirement […]

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