A specific focus on children and the use of multiple indicators of deprivation are recommendations made by the CCRC for Canada’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. The CCRC also recommends short-term rolling targets to measure progress, a mix of income support and community programs, and youth participation. The submission highlights the importance of food security as a missing piece in the current patchwork of new programs, and it suggests that the coherent framework of the Convention on the Rights of the Child would help to maximize benefits from the individual pieces. CCRC Submission for National Poverty Reduction Strategy.
We have modified the awards categories for this year and extended the deadline for submitting letters of nomination for our child rights awards to October 15, 2014. Details about the awards can be found on our Awards page with descriptions of our past recipients. Nominate a person or group that you think is deserving of recognition for their work to promote the rights of children.
We have extended the deadline for submitting letters of nomination for our child rights awards to October 18, 2013. Details about the awards can be found on our Awards page with descriptions of our past recipients. Nominate a person or group that you think is deserving of recognition for their work to promote the rights of children.
Canada needs to develop the potential of every child, rather than letting some fall through cracks in a fragmented social support system. That is the central message in a new comprehensive report on children’s rights in Canada. Check out a news release, key points, and the full report on the front page at www.rightsofchildren.ca.
In the middle of Bill C-10 are major changes for the youth justice system. The youth justice system needs to be different than the adult system. The CCRC proposes that Part IV of Bill C-10, the section that deals with youth justice, be extracted from the omnibus crime bill, for a full public debate of four major questions it raises about youth justice in Canada. Read and share the CCRC statement: Young People and Bill C-10 – CCRC Statement. For the CCRC submission on the earlier Bill C-4 on youth justice, see:CCRC_submission_on_Bill_C-4_final, and in French: CCRC_Submission_on_Bill_C-4__-_French_translation
This analysis of the Throne Speech and Budget focuses on longer-term issues for children. Support for families is positive; how that support is delivered over the coming years will make a big difference for children and for Canadian society. Giving priority to children in program review is important for next year’s budget. Immediate attention is needed for Aboriginal education and child welfare. For details: ccrc-throne-speech-and-budget-analysis-2011
The CCRC proposes that the First Call for Children principle be applied in the upcoming program review and budget cuts to reduce the deficit. A letter to the Prime Minister also proposes the use of child impact assessments before the adoption of new policies that affect children. Read letter: letter-to-pm-on-first-call-for-children.