Policy & Legislation

This section contains information on Canadian child welfare legislation and policy. In Canada, child welfare services are provincially and territorially funded and legislated, with the exception of federally funded services to First Nations peoples living on reserves. In accordance with individual agreements negotiated between First Nations communities, provincial/territorial governments, and the federal government, an increasing number of First Nations are delivering child and family services in accordance with provincial and territorial child welfare laws.

Title Authorssort icon Year Type of Publication
Child and Family Services Act 2008 Other
Child and Youth Advocate Act 2009 Other
Children's Law Act 2002
Adoption Act 2010 Other
Child Protection Act 2010 Other
Social Work Act 1988 Other
Legislative Review of the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, S.N.L. 1998, c. C-12.1, as amended - Consultations discussion guide
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Department of Child, Youth and Family Services
2009 Report
What Parents Should Know About Child Protection
Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick
2007 Report
Response to the Advocate for Children and Youth Two Tragedies Report: February 2015 Status Update

Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Services

2015 Report

Advocate for Children and Youth

2013 Report