Children’s Rights Under Review

Children’s rights in Canada are under review.  The government’s official 5th-6th report on implementation of children’s rights in Canada has now been filed, 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 the analysis.   This increases the importance of citizens speaking up and engaging in the review process.  If you care about children in Canada, you can use the review process to make progress for your issues.

Read the government reports here.

The CCRC and its members will now analyze the report and share relevant information to provide a more thorough analysis for public discussion in Canada and prepare alternative reports for the review process before the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.  We do this by bringing together groups and individuals who have real-life experience and research and who want to advocate for better implementation of children’s rights.

Implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Canada would benefit the children you serve and all other children across the country.    Implementation is weak and recommendations from previous reviews have not been implemented. We can do better.

Children in comparable countries where the Convention is implemented fare better than children in Canada. Children will benefit if we do better.

On this site the CCRC will share information and analysis for use during the 5th-6th review.  If you have relevant information please contact us at

What are the issues?  Find rights-based analysis and share your work under the following themes:

Children’s Rights in Canada: Basic principles, good governance for children


Vulnerable Children: Child welfare, indigenous children, refugees, children with disabilities      


    Child Development: Early childhood, education, health

   Protecting Children from Harm: Violence against children, exploitation


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

  • 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.
  • Children can have input through a survey now and new questions later this fall.
  • Consider making a report or being part of the CCRC report; learn more about the process.