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
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
Fallon,Barbara
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
Realizing a Sustainable Child Welfare System in Ontario

The Commission to Promote Sustainable Child Welfare

2012 Report
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