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
Manitoba Family Services and Labour Annual Report 2011-2012

Minister of Family Services and Labour

2012 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
A New Approach to Accountability and System Management

The Commission to Promote Sustainable Child Welfare

2012 Report
Strengthening Family‐Based Care In a Sustainable Child Welfare System: Final Report and Recommendations

The Commission to Promote Sustainable Child Welfare

2012 Report
2011-2012 Annual Report

The Advocate for Children and Youth Newfoundland and Labrador

2012 Report
Failures in Children’s Protection in Newfoundland and Labrador: From the Hughes (1991) to Markesteyn and Day (2006) Inquiries and Beyond

Devine, Mike
Kimberley, Dennis 

2012 Journal article
Case Processing Times in Nova Scotia Youth Court

Policy, Planning and Research Nova Scotia Department of Justice

2012 Report
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
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