Child Welfare Across Canada
Child welfare services fall under the mandate of provincial and territorial governments, including a rapidly expanding system of Aboriginal child welfare authorities. This section contains material related to federal initiatives concerned with child welfare services as well as statistics compiled at the national level.
National - Legislation
Child welfare services fall under the jurisdiction of provincial and territorial authorities as a result each province and territory has different legislation pertaining to child protection interventions. For more information click here.
The only child welfare legislations that apply to all provinces and territories are the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development First Nations Child and Family Services National Program Manual and the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child:
- Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Program Manual
- Since 1991 the Canadian government has formally committed to ratifying the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child