Legislation and Regulation

Posted on August 2, 2018

Governments in Canada and the U.S. have a significant role to play in addressing gaps in the current Child Welfare system. Government leaders are urged to consider innovative legislative and regulatory levers to best serve the priority needs of youth in government care.

Early Learning Programs for Indigenous Kids get $30M Boost (Surrey Now Leader, May 2018)

Changes to Child Protection Act Greeted With Cautious Optimism (CBC News, May 2018)

Increase in Indigenous Candidates in Ontario Election (CBC News, May 2018)

Possibility of First Indigenous Mayor of Vancouver Prompts Call for More Diversity in City Politics (CBC News, May 2018)

Chiefs of Ontario Sign Joint Commitment on Policy and Funding Reform for First Nations Child and Family Services (Net News Ledger, May 2018)

NDP Bill Aims to Prevent Child Apprehensions Due to Poverty (CBC News, May 2018)

Ontario Strengthens Legislation for Child, Youth and Family Services (Ministry of Children and Youth Services, 2018)

Senators Recommend Delaying Cannabis Bill For a Year to Address Indigenous Issues (CBC News, May 2018)

Indigenous Leaders Hold Rare Special Meeting on Federal Legislation (APTN News, May 2018)

Trudeau Promises First Nations Leaders Fundamental Change (CBC News, May 2018)

Media statement on the proclamation of the new CYFSA (Ontario Child Advocate, April 2018)

Birth alerts have ended but babies still being apprehended in Manitoba: data (June 4 2022) –

What to Know About What’s Happening to Unaccompanied Minors at the Border (April 2, 2021) –

Thousands of Unaccompanied Children in Border Patrol Custody (January 6, 2021) –

U.S. Government Makes Significant Strides in Receiving Unaccompanied Children but Major Challenges Remain (May 2021) –

Hampered by the Pandemic: Unaccompanied Child Arrivals Increase as Earlier Preparedness Shortfalls Limit the Response (March 2021) –

Ontario Extends Moratorium on Youth Aging out of Care –

FEMA to help manage unaccompanied minors at US-Mexico border (March 13, 2021) –

How an overhaul of the child welfare system could keep more Mi’kmaw youth close to home (June 8, 2021) –

A Brief Legislative History of the Child Welfare System –

Responsibility for Unaccompanied Minors Act (March 16, 2021) –

International migration of unaccompanied minors: trends, health risks, and legal protection (August 18, 2021) –

Irwin Elman Wins the 2019 Lynn Factor Stand Up For Kids National Award for Changing Lives of Children in Child Welfare (September 2019)

Trudeau Commits to ‘Necessary Funding’ for Kids in Indigenous Communities During Saskatoon Town Hall (September 2019)

Southern Chiefs’ Organization Signs ‘Ground-breaking’ Child Welfare Agreement with Macdonald Youth Services (September 2019)

Federal Leaders’ Debate Indigenous Rights, Divided on UNDRIP (September 2019)

Children Being Rendered Invisible by Province, Former Ontario Child and Youth Advocate Says (September 2019)

Ottawa Willfully Discriminated Against First Nations Children. Silence is no Longer an Option (September 2019) 

Child Welfare Ruling ‘Another Heartbreak’ for Indigenous People Ineligible for Compensation, B.C. Chief Says (September 2019)

First Nations Given Max Compensation for Ottawa’s Child Welfare Discrimination (September 2019)

Ontario Child Advocate Wonders Whether Doug Ford Just Made Your Children ‘Invisible Again’ (National Observer, April 2019)

Life After Foster Care: ‘Aging Out’ Doesn’t Mean That It’s Over (Chronicle of Social Change, April 2019)

Friday Marks the Last Day Ontario Will Have an Independent Child and Youth Advocate (CBC News, March 2019)

Fostering Change: Inside the Federal Government’s Big, Bold – and Potentially Messy – Plan for Overhauling How States Manage Child Welfare (Governing, March 2019)

Appeals Court Hears Case on Adoptions of Native Americans (National Post, March 2019)

Bill Would Boost Help for Oregon Youth Leaving Foster Care (KTVZ News, March 2019)

Government of Canada, Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Métis National Council Celebrate the Introduction of Bill C-92 (Government of Canada, Indigenous Services of Canada, February 2019)

‘We Cannot Let These Children Down’: Ottawa Unveils Indigenous Child Welfare Overhaul (CBC News, February 2019)

Optimism, Skepticism and Hope Greet Federal Child Welfare Bill in Manitoba (CBC News, March 2019)

FSIN Pleased with ‘Long Overdue’ Proposed Changes to Indigenous Child Welfare Systems (CBC News, March 2019)

Child Welfare Proposal Lacks Funds, Regional Chief (Dryden Now, March 2019)

Chiefs Reject Canada’s Child Welfare Law: Bill C-92 Fails to Address First Nations Jurisdiction (News Wire, March 2019)

Ottawa, Yukon Gov’t, First Nations Lay Groundwork for Changes to Child Care (CBC News, March 2019)

How to Fix Ottawa’s Indigenous Child Welfare Legislation (The Star, March 2019)

‘We Have a System in Crisis,’ says Brant Children’s Aid Society After Cuts Lead to 26 Workers Being Laid Off (The Star, March 2019)

Moe and STC Sign Agreements to Improve Indigenous Child Welfare (CTV News, March 2019) 

Statement from Irwin Elman: Transition to the Ombudsman (Provincial Advocate, March 2019) Child Welfare Spending on First Nations Will Continue to Rise Without Changes (CBC News, February 2019)

Provincial Government Condemns Ottawa’s CFS plan: Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Also Slams Bill C-92 (Winnipeg Free Press, February 2019)

Liberals Table ‘Historic’ Indigenous Child Welfare Bill (CTV News, February 2019)

Indigenous Child Welfare Bill ‘Path-Breaking’ on Rights but Funding Still an Issue, say Child Advocates (CBC News, February 2019)

Government Makes Changes to Better Accommodate LQBTQ Youth in Foster Care Group Homes (Edmonton Journal, February 2019)

Manitoba Plans Block Funding of Child Welfare Agencies, Scrapping Per-Child Payments (CBC News, February 2019)

Questions Abound as Province Moves to Block Funding for Child Welfare (Winnipeg Sun, February 2019)

Changes in Funding to Give More Flexibility to Social Workers says Manitoba Government (The Star, February 2019)

Block Funding for Manitoba Social Workers to Provide Spending Flexibility (Global News, February 2019)

Liberals Facing Pushback on Indigenous Child Welfare Legislation (The Globe and Mail, February 2019)

Caregivers for B.C.’s Most Vulnerable get First Pay Increase in a Decade (Government of B.C., February 2019)

More Funds for Those Who Help Care for Foster Children, Disables Adults in B.C. (The Star, February 2019)

Bill C-92 Introduced in Parliament: An Act Respecting First Nations, Inuit, and Metis Children, Youth and Families (Government of Canada, Indigenous Services Canada, January 2019)

Ottawa’s Child Welfare Overhaul a ‘Significant Way Forward’ for Indigenous Youth, Advocate Says (CBC News, December 2018)

‘A Turning Point’: New Indigenous Child Welfare Legislation Will Save Lives says Philpott (APTN News, December 2018)

Axing Ontario’s Child Advocate Puts Our Most Vulnerable Kids at Even Greater Risk (The Globe and Mail, November 2018)

Ontario Pledges Commitment to Improve Care in the Child Protection System (Ontario, November 2018)

Government of Canada, with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation leaders, Announce Co-Developed Legislation Will be Introduced on Indigenous Child and Family Services in Early 2019 (Government of Canada, Indigenous Services of Canada, November 2018)

Ottawa to Hand Over Child Welfare Services to Indigenous Governments (CBC News, November 2018)