Children’s Rights in Canada

Climate Change Threatens Children’s Right to Healthy Environment

November 30, 2018

Today the CCRC  is joining other groups to apply for intervenor status in current court challenges relating to climate change.  The CCRC plans to draw the court’s attention to children’s right to a healthy environment under the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  We are presenting evidence to show the disproportionate impact for children […]

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Raise the Bar for Children’s Rights: Next Steps

November 23, 2018

More than one hundred people gathered for two days of learning about children’s rights in Canada.  “It was good to come together,” said one participant, “to connect our own work with others and think about all rights for all children in Canada.”   The conference brought together people from a wide range of ages, positions, and […]

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Children and youth have a right to an advocate

November 16, 2018

November 15, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Children and youth have a right to an advocate – they also desperately need one  Ottawa, ON – As organizations deeply committed to the well-being of children and children’s rights, we express our concern with the decision of the Ontario government to eliminate the position of the Provincial Child Advocate. […]

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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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