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.

Titlesort icon Authors Year Type of Publication
Alberta's child welfare system

Kyte, Alicia
Wegner-Lohin, Jaime

2014 Information sheet
British Columbia's child welfare system

Kozlowski, Anna
Milne, Lise
Sinha, Vanda

2014 Information sheet
Case Processing Times in Nova Scotia Youth Court

Policy, Planning and Research Nova Scotia Department of Justice

2012 Report
Caseworker attitudes on kinship care in Ontario

Brisebois, Kimberly

2013 Journal article
Changes for Children: Strengthening the Commitment to Child Welfare-- Response to the External Reviews into the Child and Family Services System

Department of Family Services and Housing

2006 Report
Child and Family Services Act 2008 Other
Child and Youth Advocate Act 2009 Other
Child maltreatment: Variation in trends and policies in six developed countries

Gilbert, Ruth
Fluke, John
O'Donnell, Melissa
Gonzalez-Izquierdo, Arturo
Brownwell, Marni
Gulliver, Pauline
Janson, Staffan
Sidebotham, Peter

2012 Journal article
Child Protection Act 2010 Other
Children and Youth Care and Protection Act

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

2010 Report