Mission Statement

The Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth serves youth in state care and the margins of state care through individual, systemic and policy advocacy.  The Office strives, at every level of its operation to be an exemplar of youth participation.

 
 

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About Us

The Office of the Provincial Advocate reports directly to the Legislature and provides an independent voice for children and youth, including children with special needs and First Nations children.

The advocates receive and respond to concerns from children, youth and families who are seeking or receiving services under the Child and Family Services Act and the Education Act (Provincial and Demonstration Schools).

The Provincial Advocate may identify systemic problems involving children, conduct reviews and provide education and advice on the issue of advocacy and the rights of children.

The Office is guided by the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and has a strong commitment to youth involvement.

New Releases


2013 Report to the Legislature





#BeOurAlly Campaign Video



#ABetterNet: Children & Youth and Social Media




First Nations families and children must receive equitable child welfare services says Ontario's Advocate for Children and Youth



Ontario's Child and Youth Advocate wants to hear from young people with special needs













I DO CARE Project Booklet
















Raising the voice of Ontario's kids with special needs

AUDIO: "I have something to say". That is the title of a new website being launched today. It hopes to give voice to young people with special needs. Matt Galloway spoke with Irwin Elman. He is the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth.



Ontario's Child and Youth Advocate launches new initiative to elevate the voice of children and youth with special needs


Video of Education Day for 2,500 Toronto Grade 4 – 6 students





TORONTO EDUCATION DAY JUNE 13, 2014: FOSTERING RECONCILIATION THROUGH EDUCATION



Message of Condolence to Nicole Belair





Children and Youth in Care Day: Provincial Child and Youth Advocate to focus on helping youth living in group homes reach their full potential


Provincial Child and Youth Advocate supports the UN Special Rapporteur’s report on the rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada



Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth: Submission to the Toronto Police Services Board onThe draft policy for 'street checks' and community contacts


Submission to the Seventh Session of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights





Report by First Nations youth urges action to create safer, healthier communities







Jeffrey Baldwin redacted verdict and recommendations - February 14, 2014



Ontario's Advocate for Children and Youth urges call for public inquiry into child protection


Jeffrey Baldwin inquest: Ontario’s Child and Youth Advocate calls for public inquiry into child protection



Letter to Jeffrey Baldwin and the jury








Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth Suggested recommendations for Jury consideration Inquest into the death of Jeffrey Baldwin


Submission to the Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills Re: Bill 88, Child and Family Services Amendment Act (Children 16 Years of Age and Older), 2013



Media Release: Statement by Irwin Elman, Ontario’s Advocate for Children and Youth on closing submissions at Ashley Smith’s inquest





Report to the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children & Youth Concerning the Death of Ashley Smith






Office of Provincial Advocate submission to Ashley Smith_Inquest









REPORT:The youth reality at The Roy McMurtry Youth Centre




Equitable treatment of First Nations children and youth must be at the forefront of Canadian Human Rights Tribunal


MEDIA RELEASE:
Ontario’s Advocate for Children and Youth launches first public inquest database



MOTION RECORD
Motion for Leave to Intervene, brought by the Ontario's Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth



Ontario's Advocate for Children and Youth Seeks to Intervene in Federal Government’s Appeal that Discriminates Against First Nations Children



Interview with the Provincial Advocate - Seven Youth Media Network & OJEN (Part1) by Irwin Elman on Grooveshark

Interview with the Provincial Advocate - Seven Youth Media Network & OJEN (Part2) by Irwin Elman on Grooveshark


Irwin's Speech at Sheridan Convocation 2012



The Convention on the Rights of the Child


"Children's Anthem" by Rosanne Howell

November of 2011 marked a very special time for any child in and from Child Welfare Systems. In Ontario, the youth themselves, held hearings at Ontario's Legislative Assembly, to address the issue of youth aging out of care, too early, without support.
As a former youth in care, Rosanne Howell was asked to perform her song, "Children's Anthem"; her testimony at the hearings. The song was written for any child who has, or still does, suffer. It is meant to encourage. It also expresses the feelings of what it is like to live in care.


You Are Not Alone Campaign Videos



Rick Mercer for the OPACY "YOU ARE NOT ALONE" Campaign


Provincial Advocate - You Are Not Alone Campaign



Youth Leaving Care Hearings Report





Please click here to listen to the Provincial Advocate being interviewed on Goldhawk Fights Back. Hear what he has to say around calling an inquest into the death of a seven-year-old Toronto girl




ANNUAL REPORT 2010|2011






The review of the roots of youth violence (volume 1)







Bullying Submission by the Provincial Advocate re Bill 13/14







The Office of the Chief Coroner’s Death Review of the Youth Suicides at the Pikangikum First Nation 2006 – 2008


Aboriginal Children Canada Must Do Better: Today and Tomorrow


Our Dreams Matter Too First Nations children's rights, lives, and education




Submission to the standing committee on social policy Re: Bill 140


Statement on Child and Youth Mental Health in Ontario - 2011