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
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
Recognition and Reconciliation Protocol on First Nations Children, Youth and Families

Province of British Columbia, the First Nations Summit, Union of BC Indian Chiefs, the BC Assembly of First Nations

2009 Other
Legislative Review of the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, S.N.L. 1998, c. C-12.1, as amended - Consultations discussion guide
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Department of Child, Youth and Family Services
2009 Report
Child and Youth Advocate Act 2009 Other
Mémoire de l'ACJQ: Présenté à la commission parlementaire sur l'avant-projet de loi modifiant le code civil et d'autres dispositions législatives en matière d'adoption et d'autorité parentale

Association des centres jeunesse du Québec

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
Northwest Territories' child welfare system

Gough, Pamela

2007 Information sheet
Nunavut's child welfare system

Gough, Pamela

2007 Information sheet