Review 2018-2020


Review of Children’s Rights in Canada

Canada filed its official 5th-6th report today, more than six months late.

Annex I is statistical information. Annex 2 is a report on youth consultation.  Annex 3 is an executive summary of report from young people.

The report provides general statements and names specific initiatives that relate to the 2012 recommendations.  Missing is substantive analysis of outcomes for children.  Missing is analysis of serious issues and gaps in the response to previous recommendations and realization of children’s rights in Canada. Some responses to previous recommendations are half-answers.  A few good provincial initiatives are listed, for example, but there is no reporting on what has been done in all the other provinces.  Children in Canada are not well-served by this report.  It will be up to civil society organizations to provide a more honest and balanced account of progress on children’s rights in Canada.

The CCRC and its members will now develop alternative reports to inform public discussion in Canada and review by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Canada’s 5th/6th report comes on the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  One benefit of the Convention is a holistic approach that puts children at the center.  This report fails to do that.   Full implementation of children’s rights, the CCRC goal, would make Canada work better for children.  We can do better in Canada than this report.

If you have information and analysis that relates to children’s rights in Canada, the CCRC is interested in hearing from you.  To share information you have, or get further information about  CCRC plans for the 2018 Review, send a message to

Raising the Bar for Canada’s Report

In anticipation of Canada’s official report, the CCRC set out expectations for five central components to make progress in Canada.

Informing Children about their Rights

Discussion Paper on the recommendations Canada received in 2012, indicators of progress, and what we hope to see in the next report. The CCRC invites discussion and feedback on this area of children’s rights, as part of preparing for the next review.

Summary of Progress

Check this overview of progress on the recommendations from the 2012 review, as of November, 2017.

Progress in Workplace Rights for Young People

The CCRC has done a Fact sheet and a  Working Paper  on progress in this issue.  It  provides an example of how the CCRC plans to pursue other issues.

2012 Report: Recommendations and Related Research Reports

Check what the CCRC said in 2012, what Canada’s official report said, and what recommendations Canada received on our Monitoring Page.