Review of Children’s Rights in Canada

Children’s Rights in Canada:  Reports from the Field for the Review of Canada

Canada is under review for implementation of children’s rights across the country.  Alternative reports to the official government report are an important part of the process.  Young people and groups who work with children provide missing information and different perspectives on the situation of children in Canada.  The CCRC prepared an umbrella report and worked with others to encourage a wide range of reports.  Some deal with many issues.  Some deal with one specific issue.  Some describe the situation of one group of children.  Others focus of children’s rights in one part of the country.   Together these reports provide a rich resource for the review and for continuing work on children’s rights in Canada.

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

The CCRC report focuses on the need for systemic change to implement all rights for all children, and on core themes in the Convention.  The report shows that implementing previous recommendations would be of benefit for children, for Canadian society, and for governance in our federal system. Our goal is to make the review process productive in Canada.

Executive Summary of CCRC Report focuses on proposed system for implementation of children’s rights in Canada.

Other Alternative Reports

With permission of report authors, we are posting reports to share information among those who work on children’s rights in Canada.  They are grouped on the following pages:

Reports on all rights for all children will be on the Governance for Children page.

Reports on child development, education, health, etc. will be on the Child Development page.

Reports on protecting children from harm and exploitation will be on the Protecting Children from Harm page.

Reports on specific groups of children will be found on the Vulnerable Children page.

Reports on various children’s rights in a specific province will be on the Governance for Children page.

When a report might fit under more than one page, it will be posted on both pages.

The Official Government Report

The government’s official 5th-6th report on implementation of children’s rights in Canada was filed on March 1, 2019, more than six months late.  The report provides information on some actions taken in response to the 2012 recommendations from the last review, but there are many gaps in both analysis and action.  Canada’s response to recommendations from the last review is incomplete and inadequate.

The official government report does not serve children well.   It is  important that civil society groups and citizens actively engage in the review process.   The CCRC will use the review process to work for changes that will improve the real-life situation of children in Canada.

Find the government report and CCRC initial response here.

Be Part of the Review Process

We can do better in Canada.  You can be part of the CCRC’s plan to use the review process for its intended purpose: to take stock and improve the situation for children in our country. Implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Canada would benefit all children across the country.   Implementation remains weak and the official report is lame.  Children in comparable countries where the Convention is implemented fare better than children in Canada.   Children will benefit if we do better.

The CCRC will foster a more robust review in Canada by sharing information and analysis that is missing or misrepresented in the government’s official report. This website is a place for organizations and individuals  to share knowledge and explore the links between different areas of children’s rights.  We will also update information about the official review process here.

Fact Sheets on Important Issues in Canada

A series of easy-to-read fact sheets focus on important themes and issues for the review.  These are designed for discussion and distribution to build public support.

Each is linked to a working paper prepared by persons with expertise and experience in the specific areas of children’s rights.  Analysis and research documents will be shared under the four areas of the review listed below.

If you have relevant information to contribute,  please contact us at info@rightsofchildren.ca.

What are the issues in this review?

Find rights-based analysis and share your work under the following theme pages:

What can you do?   Use the review to advance your goals in the next year:

  • Share evidence you have about the situation of children in Canada. The CCRC will help you relate your evidence to the review of how Canada implements children’s rights.
  • Share CCRC Fact Sheets through your network to increase public awareness of children’s rights and what could be done to implement them in Canada.