The Ontario Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth (the Advocate’s Office) is an independent Office of the Legislature of Ontario. The advocate's office is guided by principles contained in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the Child and Family Services Act (CFSA). The Office elevates the voice of the Province’s most marginalized, ‘invisible,’ children and youth. The Advocate’s Office was established by the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth Act, 2007. This legislation mandates the Advocate’s Office to:
- Provide an independent voice for children and youth by partnering with them to bring issues forward;
- Encourage communication and understanding between children and families and those who provide them with services; and
- Educate children, youth and their caregivers regarding the rights of children.
The 2010/2011 report outlines the Advocate Office's work.
For more information, visit: http://provincialadvocate.on.ca/.