Path to Progress for Children: Recommendations for Canada

The Concluding Observations from the third review of children’s rights in Canada include recommendations for action that would greatly improve conditions for children in Canada.  The CCRC will be pursuing implementation of these recommendations.  Watch for a user-friendly summary and more detailed analysis in the days ahead. One reaction to evidence that some children in Canada …

Debate on National Advocate for Children in Parliament

A private member’s bill to establish a national advocate for children, Bill C-420, was debated for  one hour this week.  The next hour of debate is scheduled for November 5.   It is surprising to hear members of parliament say it is not necessary to have a national advocate for children one week after the UN …

Children’s Rights Could Improve Federalism

Dialogue between Canadian government officials and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child revealed many gaps in support for some children in Canada to develop their full potential.   The lack of coherence in policies that affect children was highlighted when the committee, composed of experts in child development and children’s rights, reviewed reports …

Children before federalism

Today marked the end of Canada’s third and final session in Geneva in front of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. Canadian delegates had a final opportunity to answer and clarify questions from the committee. The committee posed questions on Canada’s education system, universal childcare, the over representation of Indigenous and minority …

Live blog of Child Rights Committee Hearing

CCRC and our child rights experts provided live blogging of Canada’s appearance before the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on September 26 and 27. The live webcast of the review was from 9am to 12pm EST on September 26th and 4am to 7am/9am to 12pm EST on September 27th at www.treatybodywebcast.org . The …

Canada Ranks Low in Investments for Children

Did you know that Canada spends less on child development than most similar countries? Smart countries see spending on child development as an investment.  Research shows that it is good economics to invest in a country’s young people.  Canada considers spending on children as a financial drain that needs to be minimized to reduce budgets.  Helping children develop …