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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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Link to the Provincial Advocate Inquest Database

Link to the I Have Something To Say site

Link to Feathers of Hope Youth Forum

Link to You Are Not Alone site

Link to the IDOCARE Project

Link to the Story of My Hair

Link to Youth Leaving Care Hearings

Janusz Korczak

Link to Youth Justice Discourse

Link to Shannen's Dream

Link to We Are Listening

Link to I Am A Witness


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About Us

The Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth (“Advocate's Office”) is an independent voice for Ontario's children and youth who are either “in care” or on the margins of government care. Reporting directly to the Legislature, the Provincial Advocate partners with children and youth to elevate their voices and promote action on their issues.

The children and youth who fall within the mandate of the Advocate's Office include those who are seeking or receiving services from the children's services sector in areas such as child welfare, youth justice, children's mental health, developmental services and children’s treatment services. The jurisdiction of the Office also includes students of the provincial and demonstration schools, youth in court holding cells or being transported to and from court holding cells, First Nations children and youth, and children and youth with special needs.

The Provincial Advocate derives authority from the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth Act, 2007. In response to a request, a complaint, or on its own initiative, the Provincial Advocate acts on behalf of concerns of individuals or groups of children or youth and can undertake reviews, make recommendations, and provide advice to governments, facilities, systems, agencies, or service providers.

Guided by the principles of the United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child, including the right to be heard, the Provincial Advocate strives to be a model of meaningful child and youth participation in every aspect of its work.


National Aboriginal Day


National Aboriginal Day is a day to reaffirm our
“unwavering commitment to tolerance, respect and inclusiveness."

New Releases


We Have Something To Say Report

Belfer memoirs

Justice and Juries Report

Justice and Juries video


Serious Occurrences Report

Residential Care Report

Link to the 2015 Annual Report

SYSTEMIC REVIEW OF SECURE ISOL ATION
IN ONTARIO YOUTH JUSTICE FACILITIES

Link to the pdf Amplifier Magazine


Link to the pdf IDC Survival Guide


Link to the Feathers of Hope Report - Feathers of Hope - A First Nations Youth Action Plan


I Have Something To Say - Sammy's Submission Video


"I Have Something to Say" : Youth Advisors Speak



#ABetterNet: Children & Youth and Social Media



Link to the pdf Ontario TRC Statement

Statement of Reconciliation Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth






Link to the pdf Mediarelease Jordans Principle

Ontario's Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth supports report, Without Denial, Delay or Disruption and urges provincial and federal government to stand by their commitment to First Nations children

Link to the pdf Jordans Principle

Without denial, delay or disruption: Ensuring First Nations children’s access to equitable services through Jordan’s Principle





Link to the pdf Letter to ED Constent Act

Letter to the Editor published in The Toronto Star on January 26, 2015 Re: 'Ontario law allows children to determine medical care' (January 20, 2015)

Link to Flipbuilder.com

Walking The Red Road Report which we were proud to support





Link to the pdf Modernizing Language

MODERNIZING THE LANGUAGE OF THE CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES ACT






Link to the OPACY CFSA Review Submission 2014

Submission to Ministry of Children and Youth Services on 2014 Review of the Child and Family Services Act



Link to the OVOT CFSA Submission

Submission to the Review of the Child and Family Services Act December 17, 2014




Link to the pdf Bill 8

Submission to Standing Committee on General Government on Bill 8: Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, 2014


Link to the OPACY CFSA Review Submission 2014

Submission to Standing Committee on General Government on Bill 8: Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, 2014 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Link to the pdf B8 Media Advisory

MEDIA ADVISORY
Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth Outlines Recommendations to Protect all Vulnerable Children and Youth under Bill 8


Link to the pdf Final Media Release

Feathers of Hope Forum Elevates the Voices of First Nations Youth on Inequitable Jury Representation





Link to the pdf Advisory Thursday Nov 13

Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth launches listening tour in lead-up to National Day of the Child


Link to the pdf F Media Advisory

Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth convenes Feathers of Hope youth forum on First Nations representation on juries

Link to the pdf HR Tribunal Closing Statement October 6 2014

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


Link to the pdf Opinion Editorial Sept 23

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












Link to the pdf IDC Booklet

I DO CARE Project Booklet















Link to the Star article Raising the Voice of Ontario Kids with Special Needs

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.


Link to the pdf I Have Something to Say

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

Link to TRC Video

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




Link to the pdf TRC 2014

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


Link to the pdf Nicole Belair

Message of Condolence to Nicole Belair




Link to the pdf CYCD Press Release

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

Link to the pdf UN Special Report May 12, 2014

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


Link to the pdf TPSB

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

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

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




Link to the pdf FOH Report

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






Link to the pdf Jeffrey Baldwin redacted verdict and recommendations - February 14, 2014

Jeffrey Baldwin redacted verdict and recommendations - February 14, 2014


Link to the pdf Ontario's Advocate for Children and Youth urges call for public inquiry into child protection

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

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

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


Link to the pdf Letter to Jeffrey Baldwin and the jury

Letter to Jeffrey Baldwin and the jury







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

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

Link to the pdf 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

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


Link to the pdf Statement by Irwin Elman, Ontario’s Advocate for Children and Youth on closing submissions at Ashley Smith’s inquest

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




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

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





Link to the pdf Office of Provincial Advocate submission to Ashley Smith Inquest.wmv

Office of Provincial Advocate submission to Ashley Smith_Inquest








Link to the pdf The youth reality at The Roy McMurtry Youth Centre

REPORT:The youth reality at The Roy McMurtry Youth Centre



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

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

Link to the pdf VAdvocate for Children and Youth launches first public inquest database

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


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

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


Link to the pdf 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

Link to the 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


Link to the ANNUAL REPORT 2010|2011



Link to the pdf The review of the roots of youth violence (volume 1)

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






Link to the pdf Bullying Submission by the Provincial Advocate re Bill 13/14

Bullying Submission by the Provincial Advocate re Bill 13/14






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

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

Link to the pdf Aboriginal Children
Canada Must Do Better: Today and Tomorrow

Aboriginal Children Canada Must Do Better: Today and Tomorrow


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

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



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

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

Link to the pdf Statement on Child and Youth Mental Health in Ontario - 2011Statement on Child and Youth Mental Health in Ontario - 2011" width="144" height="204" border="1"/>

Statement on Child and Youth Mental Health in Ontario - 2011