This discussion paper addresses the challenges of implementing children’s rights in Canada’s federal system of government. It turns around the common perception that federalism prevents implementation to illustrate how greater attention to children’s rights could improve how federalism works. Children’s Rights Can Make Canada Work Better for Young People.
Family Law and Children’s Rights in Canada: A submission by the CCRC proposes changes in Canada’s family law to better protect the rights of children impacted by the processes and decisions made in the family court system.
In 2009 the Coalition hosted a symposium to explore the meaning and application of the Best Interests of the Child, a central principle in the Convention. The report identifies key questions and makes recommendations for a wide range of areas where the Best Interest principle applies.
Report: Best Interests of the Child: Meaning and Application in Canada (English)
Report in French: L’interest superieur de l’enfant
In 2013 the CCRC sponsored a symposium on the use of Child Rights Impact Assessments (CRIA) to improve public decision-making that affects children. The CCRC continues to research and apply the learnings of this symposium, along with international colleagues.
General Measures for Implementation of Children’s Rights: Not There Yet: Canada’s Implementation of CRC General Measures