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 Publication
Ontario’s child welfare system

Wegner-Lohin, Jaime
Kyte, Alicia
Trocmé, Nico

2014 Information sheet
British Columbia's child welfare system

Kozlowski, Anna
Milne, Lise
Sinha, Vanda

2014 Information sheet
Saskatchewan Child Abuse Protocol 2014

Government of Saskatchewan

2014 Report
Response to the Advocate for Children and Youth Two Tragedies Report: August 2014 Status Update

Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Services

2014 Report
Where Do We Go from Here? Youth Aging Out of Care Special Report

Office of the Child and Youth Advocate (Alberta)

2013 Report
Our Kids Are Worth It: Our Fifth Year-- Strategy for Children and Youth

Nova Scotia Department of Community Services

2013 Report
When Talk Trumped Service: A Decade of Lost Opportunity for Aboriginal Children and Youth in B.C.

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

2013 Report

Advocate for Children and Youth

2013 Report
Caseworker attitudes on kinship care in Ontario

Brisebois, Kimberly

2013 Journal article
Realizing a Sustainable Child Welfare System in Ontario

The Commission to Promote Sustainable Child Welfare

2012 Report