Today, as we mark National Child Day and the beginning of Child Rights Education Week (Nov. 20-26), we encourage federal, provincial and municipal governments, and all Canadians, to remember the fundamental rights of children and youth.
The purpose of the Representative for Children and Youth’s reviews and investigations of child deaths and critical injuries is to identify and thoughtfully analyze issues, particularly in service delivery. The intent is to help prevent similar deaths or injuries in the future and to inform improvements to services.
In April 2017, the federal government tabled Bill C-45, An Act Respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and Other Acts, in the Canadian parliament to legalize and regulate the recreational use of cannabis in Canada.
In July 2017, the Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau outlining concerns with the proposed legislation with respect to its potential impacts on the health and safety of children and youth.
The provincial government must take action to reduce significant gaps in the academic achievement of children and youth in care, including the provision of specific funding to each school district dedicated to supporting the learning needs of these students, recommends a report released today by B.C.'s Representative for Children and Youth.
British Columbia’s newly formed Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions should take the lead role in developing and implementing a comprehensive mental health system for children and youth in this province, recommends an investigative report released today by B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth.
This report provides an overview of the work of the Office on behalf of the vulnerable children and youth of B.C.over the past year and a plan outlining goals and objectives for the 2017/18 and 2018/19 fiscal years. Complete financial statements are also included.
Representative Bernard Richard responds to the government's announcement that it will expand the tuition waiver program for former children and youth in care to all 25 post-secondary institutions in B.C.
For the seventh consecutive year, British Columbia is marking Child and Youth in Care Week, a designation that honours the diversity and strengths of young people living in the care of the provincial government and acknowledges the challenges and obstacles that these children and youth face - and work to overcome - on a daily basis.
The Representative for Children and Youth is searching for a unique logo for this year’s Ignite Your Spirit Indigenous Youth Forum. The successful logo will be used on all items related to Ignite Your Spirit including promotional materials, reports and give-away items.