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 Authors Year Type of Publicationsort icon
Wen:de: We are Coming to the Light of Day

Blackstock, Cindy
Prakash, Tara
Loxley, John
Wien, Fred

2005 Report
Management of Aboriginal Child Protection Services

Doyle, John

2008 Report
Report on the Review of the Child and Family Services Act: Building Stronger Families

Northwest Territories Standing Committee on Social Programs

2010 Report
Closing the Gap Between Vision and Reality: Strengthening Accountability, Adaptability and Continuous Improvement in Alberta’s Child Intervention System

Alberta Child Intervention Review Panel

2010 Report
Realizing a Sustainable Child Welfare System in Ontario

The Commission to Promote Sustainable Child Welfare

2012 Report
Manitoba Family Services and Labour Annual Report 2011-2012

Minister of Family Services and Labour

2012 Report
Where Do We Go from Here? Youth Aging Out of Care Special Report

Office of the Child and Youth Advocate (Alberta)

2013 Report
2011/2012 Report to Legislature

Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth (Ontario)

2012 Report
Director of Child and Family Services Annual Report 2011-2012 (Nunavut)

Mark Arnold

2012 Report
Government of Nunavut Responses to Recommendations by the Standing Committee on Oversight of Government Operations and Public Accounts

Nunavut Minister of Health and Social Services

2011 Report