CCRC Commentary on the Right to Education

Education is not a one-size fits all. It was not pre-pandemic and will not be post-pandemic. Children have diverse needs and abilities that vary based on their individual contexts. Unfortunately, their diverse abilities and needs have not been fully considered nor have their voices been heard since the beginning of the pandemic. Check out the …

Ending Violence Against Children in Canada

This spring, join the CCRC and global partners as we work together to #ENDViolence against children. As we announced at the end of last year, the activities in the next few months are an important next step toward the ambitious goal of ending all forms of violence against children by 2030, one of the Sustainable …

A Child’s Views & Preferences in the new Divorce Act

Changes to the Divorce Act took effect on March 1, 2021. As the Department of Justice notes, these changes will help parents, family justice professionals and judges consider a child’s views and preferences when making decisions about parenting responsibilities. The rights of children to have their voices heard (see General Comment 12). It is a …

Budget 2021: One big piece, many little pieces, but coherence missing for Canada’s children

Prepared by Kathy Vandergrift and Kate Butler Early Learning and Child Care received a major boost in Budget 2021, with a $30 billion budget over 5 years and a commitment to long-term funding for a national system of support for young children and their families. From a children’s rights perspective, the commitment to equitable access …

Fact Sheet: Children’s Right to Privacy (March 2021)

Children’s Privacy in the Networked EnvironmentBy Professor Jane Bailey and Dr Valerie Steeves(with research assistance from Vanessa Ford) Almost every aspect of a child’s life – school, communications, entertainment, etc. – is now in some way connected to or affected by our digitally networked environment. Given this, it is not surprising that children and young …

Children Write: Children’s Writing Competition Submission Form & Poster

Children Write: Children’s Rights Writing Competition The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC) is a network of Canadian organizations and individuals who promote respect for the rights of children. Its purpose is to: exchange information; provide public education materials about the Convention on the Rights of the Child; monitor implementation of the Convention …