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 Yearsort icon Type of Publication
Northwest Territories' child welfare system

Gough, Pamela

2007 Information sheet
Nunavut's child welfare system

Gough, Pamela

2007 Information sheet
New Brunswick’s child welfare system

Gough, Pamela

2007 Information sheet
Residential Schools: Did They Really Close or Just Morph Into Child Welfare?

Blackstock, Cindy

2007 Journal article
In Whose Best Interest? A Canadian Case Study of the Impact of Child Welfare Policies in Cases of Domestic Violence

Alaggia, Ramona
Jenney, Angelique
Mazzuca, Josephine
Redmond, Melissa

2007 Journal article
What Parents Should Know About Child Protection
Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick
2007 Report
Prince Edward Island’s child welfare system

Gough, Pamela

2008 Information sheet
Management of Aboriginal Child Protection Services

Doyle, John

2008 Report
Child and Family Services Act 2008 Other
Protection of Children from Physical Maltreatment in Canada: Evaluation of the Supreme Court’s Definition of Reasonable Force

Durrant, Joan E.
Trocmé, Nico
Fallon, Barbara
Milne, Cheryl
Black, Tara

2009 Journal article