Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children

The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC) works to achieve full implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child  in Canada and globally.

National Child Day:  Call to Action

The CCRC is asking the Government of Canada to make  a commitment to publically release its plan to act on the recommendations from the recent review of children’s rights in Canada before National Child Day 2013.  National Child Day is the Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  It is a day to renew our efforts to create a society where every child can develop her or his full potential.

The CCRC proposes 10 Steps for Children in Canada  as a starting point for the government’s plan.

Letter to Prime Minister: Letter to PM on next steps for children’s rights

10 Steps for Children in Canada;  CCRC Call to Action:  10 Steps for Children in Canada

For the full report that deals with all rights under the Convention:  Canada_CRC Concluding Observations_61.2012.  For the report that focuses on sexual exploitation:  Canada_OPSC Concluding Observations_61.2012.

  Did you know that . . .

  •  Children  endure more violence, exploitation, and abuse than adults in Canada?
  • Over 67,000 children are in state care, without a permanent home, and many leave state care at age 16 or 18 without the support that most other youth get from their families?
  • Canada has a lower rate of adopting chidren who need homes than many other countries?
  • A higher percentage of Canadian children live in poverty than in comparable countries?
  • Over 50% of children with disabilities lack access to aids they need because of cost?
  • Canada spends much less on early child development than comparable countries do?
  • Canada ranks low for inter-generational fairness because of its low level of support for children?

These are a few of the facts that the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children presented to the committee.  Now it is time to focus on what can be done to give all children in Canada a fair chance to develop their full potential. 

                  

This report is a strategic review of children’s rights in Canada.  It assesses how well Canada implements the Convention on the Rights of the Child and makes recommendations for major changes.

Canada needs to focus on developing the full potential of every child, to help address the challenges of its aging population.  That is the central theme of the report.  Too many children face obstacles to realizing their full potential.

Specific actions to help vulnerable children are suggested as a top priority.  The report also proposes systemic changes to ensure that the best interests of children are considered in all government decisions that affect them.

This report was submitted to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child for Canada’s Third/Fourth Review.   The CCRC met with the committee on February 6 to discuss its findings.  We focused on  priorities for action and answered questions from committee members to help them understand the situation in Canada.  The Committee then asked Canada to provide more information on many of the issues.  List of issues:  CRC List of Questions for Canada; Canada_List of Issues OPSC

The government did not respond by the deadline of July 2.  To assist in the review, the CCRC submitted additional information in response to the list of issues.  For CCRC response: CCRC Response to List of Issues from UN Committee; CCRC Response to List of Issues on Sexual Exploitation.

The government response was filed less than a week before the hearing.  All the reports by both government and civil society organizations are available at:  http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/crc/crcs61.htm