Children’s Rights in Canada

Children’s Rights Need to be Central in Child Welfare

September 7, 2019

On September 6, 2019 the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ordered the Canadian government to pay compensation to First Nations children who had suffered from discrimination and violation of their rights in Canada’s child welfare systems.  The amount of the award for each child is to be determined through an independent process. The total cost is […]

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Preventing Homelessness and Children’s Rights

July 22, 2019

Canada can do more to prevent youth homelessness, according to research with youth on the street.  Waiting until young people are in crisis is costly in human impact and finances.  Addressing the issues that contribute to youth homelessness coincides with implementing the rights of children.  This is another area where paying attention to children’s rights […]

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Speak Up for Children in 2019 Election

July 12, 2019

Children are not allowed to vote but they will be affected by the results of the upcoming federal election.  Everyone can speak up to ensure that children’s policies are part of the public discussion this fall.  It is timely because 2019 is the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Children […]

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Climate Change in Canada and Children’s Rights

June 28, 2019

Update on June 28, 2019:   Today the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that the federal government has a  mandate to address climate change on behalf of all the people in Canada and that a national carbon pricing program falls within the legitimate constitutional powers of the federal government.  This ruling reflects the evidence presented by […]

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Healthy Conditions for Growing Up in Canada

June 19, 2019

The right to health in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 24, is helpful in Canada because it highlights the importance of the social determinants of health for children.  Canada’s report for the 5th/6th review of children’s rights recognizes vulnerable groups of children but pays too little attention to the conditions in […]

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Closing Gaps: All Rights, All Children

May 24, 2019

Canada has a patchwork of policies for children.  The result is that some children fall through the cracks of fragmented support systems.  Children need a more coherent approach to public policies that affect their ability to develop their full potential.  The Convention on the Rights of the Child, which all governments in Canada have ratified, […]

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Children’s Commissioner: Accountability in Children’s Rights

April 2, 2019

The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC) welcomes a renewed focus on the need for a national children’s commissioner, which re-started today with the introduction of a private member’s bill by MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach.  “The current lack of accountability for implementation of children’s rights across Canada is a major gap in good […]

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