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
Northwest Territories' child welfare system

Gough, Pamela

2007 Information sheet
Nunavut's child welfare system

Gough, Pamela

2007 Information sheet
New Brunswick’s child welfare system

Gough, Pamela

2007 Information sheet
Residential Schools: Did They Really Close or Just Morph Into Child Welfare?

Blackstock, Cindy

2007 Journal article
In Whose Best Interest? A Canadian Case Study of the Impact of Child Welfare Policies in Cases of Domestic Violence

Alaggia, Ramona
Jenney, Angelique
Mazzuca, Josephine
Redmond, Melissa

2007 Journal article
What Parents Should Know About Child Protection
Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick
2007 Report
Changes for Children: Strengthening the Commitment to Child Welfare-- Response to the External Reviews into the Child and Family Services System

Department of Family Services and Housing

2006 Report
A Special Case Review in Regard to the Death of Phoenix Sinclair

Koster, Andrew J.
Schibler, Billie

2006 Report
Wen:de: We are Coming to the Light of Day

Blackstock, Cindy
Prakash, Tara
Loxley, John
Wien, Fred

2005 Report
A Difference-Centred Alternative to Theorization of Children's Citizenship Rights

Moosa-Mitha, Mehmoona

2005 Journal article