Ontario

Children’s Aid Societies in Ontario have the exclusive mandate under the Child and Family Services Act (CFSA) to protect children who have been or are at risk of being abused and/or neglected by their caregivers, to provide for their care and supervision where necessary and to place children for adoption (CFSA, 1990). A total of 46 Children’s Aid Societies are specifically designated by the Minister of Children and Youth Services to investigate child abuse and neglect and take the necessary steps to care for children and youth in need of protection.  Seven are designated Aboriginal societies and 3 serve religious communities. Children’s Aid Societies are independent legal entities (corporations run by Boards of Directors) or Indian Bands (that operate under the Indian Act) and are accountable to the communities they serve. In addition to the CFSA, the Ontario Child Welfare Eligibility Spectrum and Child Protection Standards guide child protection workers at each phase of service delivery. For more information, visit the information sheet on Ontario's child welfare system.
 

Ontario - Statistics

Child Maltreatment Investigations in Ontario, 2008* and 2013**

  2008 2013
Child population (0-15) 2,382,035 2,349,600
Number of child maltreatment investigations 128,748 125,281
Incidence of child maltreatment investigations per 1000 children 54.05 53.32

Type of Child Maltreatment Investigation in Ontario, 2013**

  Number Rate per 1,000 children Percent
Maltreatment Investigation 97,951 41.69 78%
Risk Investigation 27,330 11.63 22%

Categories of Substantiated Child Maltreatment Investigations in Ontario, 2013**

Category of Maltreatment Number Rate per 1,000 children Percent
Physical Abuse 5,770 2.46 13%
Sexual Abuse 848 0.36 2%
Neglect 10,386 4.42 24%
Emotional Maltreatment 5,620 2.39 13%
Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence 20,443 8.70 48%

Placement in Child Maltreatment Investigations in Ontario, 2008* and 2013**

  2008 # 2008 Rate 2013 # 2013 Rate
No Placement 121,436 50.98 121,020 51.51
Informal Kinship Care 3,616 1.52 1,874 0.80
Formal Placement 3,696 1.55 2,387 1.02

* Fallon, B., Trocmé, N., MacLaurin, B., Sinha, V., Black, T., Felstiner, C., Schumaker, K., Van Wert, M., Herbert, A., Petrowski, N., Daciuk, J., Lee, B., DuRoss, C. & Johnston, A. (2010). Ontario Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect-2008 (OIS‑2008). Toronto, ON: Child Welfare Research Portal. Retrieved from http://cwrp.ca/publications/2293

** Fallon, B., Van Wert, M., Trocmé, N., MacLaurin, B., Sinha, V., Lefebvre, R., Allan, K., Black, T., Lee, B., Rha, W., Smith, C., & Goel, S. (2015). Ontario Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect-2013 (OIS‑2013). Toronto, ON: Child Welfare Research Portal. Retrieved from http://cwrp.ca/publications/OIS-2013

§ Child welfare services fall under the jurisdiction of provincial and territorial authorities, making it difficult to compile statistics at the national level. The most notable variations between provinces include mandate variation by jurisdiction with respect to the age to which children are eligible for services, differences in the length of time a child can receive out-of-home care and the definition of out-of-home care.

Title Authors Year Type
Child Maltreatment-Related Service Decisions by Ethno-Racial Categories in Ontario in 2013

Fallon, Barbara
Black, Tara
Van Wert, Melissa
King, Bryn
Filippelli, Joanne
Lee, Barbara
Moody, Brenda

2016 Information sheet
The Intersection of Child Welfare Investigations and Public Housing in Ontario

Potvin, Michael
Black, Tara
Fallon, Barbara

2016 Information sheet
Ethno-racial Categories and Child Welfare Decisions: Exploring the Relationship with Poverty

Antwi-Boasiako, Kofi
King, Bryn
Black, Tara
Fallon, Barbara
Trocmé, Nico
Goodman, Deborah

2016 Information sheet
Understanding the Exponential Increases in Child Protection Investigations for Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence

Fallon, Barbara
Black, Tara
Houston, Emmaline

2016 Information sheet
Household Food Insecurity and Food Bank Referrals in Ontario in 2013

Lefebvre, Rachael
Fallon, Barbara

2016 Information sheet
The Bus Ride Home Project: Developing Supports for Ontario's Child Welfare Change-makers in & from Care

Children's Aid Foundation
Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children & Youth

2016 Report
Provincial/Territorial Protocol On Children, Youth and Families Moving Between Provinces and Territories

Government of British Columbia
Government of Alberta
Government of Manitoba
Government of Saskatchewan
Government of New Brunswick
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Government of Nova Scotia
Government of Prince Edward Island
Government of Northwest Territories
Government of Nunavut
Government of Yukon
Government of Ontario

2016 Report
The Bus Ride Home Project: Developing Supports for Ontario's child welfare change-makers in and from care

Mickleborough, Lisa for the Children's Aid Foundation; The Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth

2016 Report
Serious Occurances Report

Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth; Snow, Kim

2016 Report
Searching for home: reimagining residential care Office of the Provincial advocate for Children and Youth 2016 Report

Ontario - Legislation

Last Name First Name Organizationsort icon Province/Territory
Romano Elisa University of Ottawa Ontario
Black Tara University of Toronto Ontario
Fallon Barbara University of Toronto Ontario
Alaggia Ramona University of Toronto Ontario
Jenkins Jennifer University of Toronto Ontario
Knoke Della University of Toronto Ontario
Mishna Faye University of Toronto Ontario
Regehr Cheryl University of Toronto Ontario
Saini Michael University of Toronto Ontario
Scott Katreena University of Toronto Ontario
MacKay Sherri University of Toronto Ontario
Fuller-Thomson Esme University of Toronto Ontario
Bogo Marion University of Toronto Ontario
King Bryn University of Toronto Ontario
Kaspar Violet University of Toronto Ontario
Filippelli Joanne University of Toronto Ontario
Shlonsky Aron University of Toronto / University of Melbourne (AU) Ontario
Birnbaum Rachel University of Western Ontario Ontario
Brown Jason University of Western Ontario Ontario
Leschied Alan W. University of Western Ontario Ontario