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After 14 years, in September of 2018, the Canadian Child and Youth Health Coalition decided to dissolve as a formal coalition in favour of forming project-based coalitions as opportunities arise. CCYHC’s member organizations look forward to collaborating and supporting one another as we continue to advocate for better child and youth health outcomes across Canada.

The CCYCHC website and the email address will be operational until March 6th, 2019. After this date, if you would like information about CCYHC initiatives please contact us so that we can connect you with the appropriate person or organization.

Below you will find the Coalition's 2018 Call to Action on establishing a Commission for Children and Youth in Canada.

Call to Action: Establish a Commission for Children and Youth

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“In the last analysis, civilization itself is measured by the way in which children will live
and what chance they will have in the world.”
— Mary Heaton Vorse, American Activist
“These words (above) also go beyond morality, as the sustainability and vibrancy of any community ultimately depend on the wellbeing of the next generation.”
— Dr. Michael Shevell, McGill University (National Post, 2012)


Bring together experts and stakeholders from across Canada who will help to inform and guide government in ways to:

  • Ensure all children in Canada have a good start in life by addressing social inequality

  • Improve Canada’s standing in the world as it relates to child & youth well-being (currently 26 out of 41 countries, UNICEF 2016)

  • Achieve long-term health, social and economic benefits for individuals, communities and Canada



➢ Ensure Canada is making progress in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and in achieving measurably better outcomes for children (across domains of rights and wellbeing)

  • National data should be collected, analyzed and disseminated, in collaboration with stakeholders including the justice, health, child and youth development, and child welfare sectors.

  • This information should support collaborative work, including the development of evidence-based policy.

  • Awareness of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child among children, youth and families, in government, and across sectors (e.g. health, education, child & youth development, child welfare and justice) should increase.

➢ Facilitate meaningful engagement with children and youth, families, NGOs and other stakeholders on important children’s priorities to advise the federal government and other entities that have responsibility and influence (including those in the private sector)

  • The commission should be accessible to children and youth. It should amplify theirvoices and be a champion for and with them.

  • The priority will be to make progress while closing equity gaps, with a focus on systematically disadvantaged children and youth such as refugees, those living in poverty, with disabilities, or with mental-health needs and those who have diverse gender identities & sexual orientations.

➢ Identify emerging issues and bring forward innovative approaches to address them

 ➢ Initiate its own reports or create reports at the request of the government

➢ Act as a resource with regards to the rights of children in the interpretation of federal legislation

➢ Collaborate with federal, provincial, and territorial policy makers, with government agencies and parliamentary bodies, and with others to ensure the best interests of children and youth are taken into account

  • Advise on federal laws, policies, services, and budgets in the best interest of children and youth

  • Highlight best practices that enhance child and youth well-being

  • Establish protocols with provincial and territorial Child and Youth Advocates on interjurisdictional matters

  • Promote collaborative efforts across Canada


If the commission is to address the health and wellbeing of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis children and youth, it will need appropriate representation and support. We encourage the federal government to work nation-to nation, respecting and including the self-governance rights of Indigenous peoples, when considering this proposal.


This position statement was developed with the participation of 10 national paediatric health organizations working together with a common vision to advance the health and health care of Canada’s children and youth.

The statement has the support of the following paediatric health organizations :

Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC)

Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP)

Canadian Family Advisory Network (CFAN)

Maternal Infant Child Youth Research Network (MICYRN)

Paediatric Chairs of Canada (PCC)

The Sandbox Project

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