Canadian Council on Child & Youth Advocates

The Canadian Council on Child and Youth Advocates is an alliance of provincially appointed advocates for children from the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, Yukon and Saskatchewan, as well as the Youth Services Section of the Nova Scotia Office of the Ombudsman and the Québec Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse.

The Council member offices work to ensure that children and youth rights are respected and valued, and that their interests and voice, regarding services delivered to children and youth by provincial governments, are heard. Additionally, they engage in rights-based public education, work to resolve disputes and conduct independent reviews, and recommend improvements regarding programs for children and youth.

The Council’s work is based on its commitment to uphold the rights proclaimed in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Although mandates differ provincially, Council members share a common commitment to further the voice, rights and dignity of children and youth.

In September 2009, the Sskatchewan Advocate's office hosted the Council’s conference in Saskatoon. During this event, provincial representatives and staff from across Canada heard from guest speakers, Nigel Fisher, President and CEO of UNICEF Canada, and Senator Raynell Andreychuk, Chair of the Standing Committee of the Senate on Human Rights. Presentations were also be made by current and former youth in care, and meetings were held to share and discuss current issues, strategies, resources and implications regarding the work of the offices.

CCCYA Recent News & Events

December 7, 2012: National Advocates Host United Nations Representative

The Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates invited Marta Mauras of Chile to visit Canada to observe first-hand this country's implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Media Release (English)

February 2, 2012: National Advocates Take Message to UN that Canada Must Do Better to Improve the Lives of Aboriginal Children

The Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates issued a media release on February 2, 2012, in advance of a presentation to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on February 6, 2012. The Council calls for a national plan, which is urgently needed to address the signle most important human rights issue in Canada - the health, education and safety of Aboriginal children and youth.

Media Release (English) / Media Release (French)

January 31, 2012: Letter to Honourable John Baird re: Optional Protocol to UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

The Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates sent a letter to Ottawa on January 31, 2012, encouraging the Government of Canada to engage in consultation with the provinces/territories as a first step toward signing the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Letter (English) / Letter (French)

March 7, 2011: Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on Bill C-4

The Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates held a media conference in Ottawa on Monday, March 7, 2011 presenting a submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, regarding An Act to Amend the Youth Criminal Justice Act (Bill C-4). The Council’s submission states that the Bill’s proposed amendments lose sight of the best interests of the child as an integral part of Canada’s societal values, allow for easier imprisonment of youth, and potentially fuel an increase in incarceration of racial minorities. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, President, and Sylvie Godin, Vice President, of the Council spoke to the media in Ottawa prior to the day's scheduled presentation to the Standing Committee at 3:30 p.m. in Room 253-D Centre Block, Parliament Buildings.

The Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates is an alliance of government-appointed child and youth advocates from nine provinces and one territory. Bob Pringle, Saskatchewan Children’s Advocate, is a member of the Council and strongly endorses this submission as the issue of youth incarceration and the over representation of Aboriginal youth in the young offender system has significant implications for our province. Saskatchewan, along with Manitoba, has by far the highest rate of per capita of youth in custody or on probation in Canada and, of those youth, over 65 per cent are Aboriginal.

Media Release (English) / Submission (English)
Media Release (French) / Submission (French)

June 23, 2010: Aboriginal Children and Youth in Canada: Canada Must Do Better

During a 2-day meeting in Ottawa, the Canadian Council of Provincial Child and Youth Advocates, an alliance of 10 government-appointed children's advocates from nine provinces and one territory, held a news conference to report on the current, devastating circumstance for Aboriginal children and youth in Canada – a significant issue of national importance that requires urgent attention. A Position Statement with recommendations was released.

Media Release (English) / Statement (English)