Children’s Rights in Canada

Children with Disabilities: Time for Action

June 1, 2020

May 31 to June 6 is National AccessAbility Week.  It is a time to celebrate the contributions of persons with disabilities and recognize work being done to remove barriers to their full participation. This year the CCRC is highlighting actions Canada needs to take to fulfill the rights of children with disabilities under two different […]

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Covid-19: Re-opening for Children: Short-term Actions and System Change

April 29, 2020

Re-opening for children:  Short-term Actions Safe Space for Children to Play: as Important as Space for Business Getting back to business is now a top priority for government attention. Meanwhile, children’s services continue to advocate for extra funds to pick up the pieces, as collateral damage.  What difference would it make if children’s policy was given equal priority […]

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Covid-19: Is there a silver-lining?

April 28, 2020

Commentary on Response to Covid-19 In the short-term, our focus is immediate needs and caring for children in our circles of responsibility. While it may be hard to see now, this crisis could lead to some positive changes for children.  Whether we learn from this crisis or go back to old ways will depend on […]

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Close Gaps through Systemic Change: Implement Children’s Rights in Canada

March 2, 2020

Close Gaps through Systemic Change: CCRC Alternative Report for the 5th/6th Review of Children’s Rights in Canada The rights of children are not protected well in Canada.  The costs of failing to do so are high.  Systemic change is necessary and would bring benefits for children, families, and governments.  That is the core message in […]

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30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child: Making Progress in Canada

November 19, 2019

On November 20 we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and 30 years of work by the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC) to promote respect for children’s rights across Canada.  Recognizing children as persons with rights has made fundamental changes in the way […]

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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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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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