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
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
Report of the Auditor General of Canada to the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut—2011: Children, Youth and Family Programs and Services in Nunavut

Office of the Auditor General of Canada

2011 Report
Nova Scotia Early Childhood Development Report 2008–2010 & Child Well-Being Report 2009

Nova Scotia Department of Community Services

2011 Report
Our Kids Are Worth It: Our Fourth Year-- Strategy for Children and Youth

Nova Scotia Department of Community Services

2011 Report
Rapport d'activités

Association des centres jeunesse du Québec

2011 Report
Shifting definitions of emotional maltreatment: An analysis child welfare investigation laws and practices in Canada

Trocmé, Nico
MacLaurin, Bruce
Chamberland, Claire
Chabot, Martin
Esposito, Tonino

2011 Journal article
Employment outcomes of former foster youth as young adults: The importance of human, personal, and social capital

Hook, Jennifer L.
Courtney, Mark E.

2011 Journal article
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