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
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
Where Do We Go from Here? Youth Aging Out of Care Special Report

Office of the Child and Youth Advocate (Alberta)

2013 Report
Our Kids Are Worth It: Our Fifth Year-- Strategy for Children and Youth

Nova Scotia Department of Community Services

2013 Report
When Talk Trumped Service: A Decade of Lost Opportunity for Aboriginal Children and Youth in B.C.

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

2013 Report

Advocate for Children and Youth

2013 Report
Caseworker attitudes on kinship care in Ontario

Brisebois, Kimberly

2013 Journal article