Children’s Rights in Canada

Pieces Need a Coherent Plan for Children: Budget 2019

March 20, 2019

Children will benefit from some of the new initiatives included in the 2019 Federal Budget.  But the lack of a coherent policy framework means that children will also continue to fall through the cracks of a patchwork of programs.  Each one addresses a part of what children need to develop their full potential; there is […]

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Tina Fontaine, Bill C-92, and Provincial Child Welfare Reform

March 17, 2019

Tina Fontaine’s story and the report by the Manitoba Children’s Advocate show once again that the systems designed to help children are failing many of them.  Will this be another investigative report shelved after a few superficial changes or will federal and provincial governments finally make the fundamental reforms required to treat children as persons […]

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Climate Change Court Challenge will hear Children’s Right to Healthy Environment

February 11, 2019

Growing up in a healthy environment is an essential part of children’s right to health, under Article 24 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  Climate change is a serious threat to this right.  Governments have a duty to protect the rights of children by taking action on climate change.  One responsible action […]

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Government Report on Children’s Rights in Canada Needs More Analysis

February 1, 2019

Canada’s 5th-6th report on implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Canada is now filed with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.  Copies of the report and annexes are available here for your reference.   The report shows some progress since the last review.  Missing is information on outcomes […]

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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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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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