British Columbia - Statistics

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British Columbia: Children and youth in out-of-home care in 2019^

Children in care Child (0-18) population Rate per 1000*
6,263 926,072 6.76


*The rate of children in care was 6.76 per 1000 for all children and youth across the province, but was 43.8 for 1000 for Indigenous children and youth. 


^Ministry of Children and Family Development. (2019). Children and Youth in Care (CYIC). 

*The rate per 1000 is calculated using the population of children covered under the age of protection in British Columbia (under 19 years old).

§ 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.