Children’s Rights in Canada

Voting Age: Consultation and Court Challenge

November 17, 2019

The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children is joining with other organizations to explore launching a court challenge to age 18 as the minimum age for voting in Canada.  The project has two prongs:  consultation with young people to discuss the issues and hear their views; and research to compile and assess the evidence […]

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30th Anniversary for Children’s Rights in Canada

October 30, 2019

What difference does recognition of children’s rights make in Canada?  2019 is the 30th Anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the formation of the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children.  Read reflections by leading children’s rights advocates on progress made and priorities for the future.  The […]

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Climate Change in Canada and Children’s Rights

September 23, 2019

Climate Strike events across Canada this week are opportunities to advocate for children’s rights.  Children’s right to health explicitly includes the right to grow up in a healthy environment, as articulated in Article 24 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.   Both federal and provincial governments have ratified the Convention and have an […]

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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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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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