Announcing YouthHealthRights.ca

YouthHealthRights.ca is an online education and advocacy platform created by youth to increase health advocacy by and for young Canadians. 

The YCRH invites young Canadians to call on their local MPs to support these youth health rights priorities by visiting YouthHealthRights.ca and taking part in a customizable letter writing campaign. On the website, youth can also explore province-by-province information about their important health rights including the Right to Privacy, the Right to Consent to Treatment, and the Right to Access Health Care. 


About the Health rights and responsibilities Project

As a core partner of AstraZeneca Canada through its global community investment initiative, the Young Health Program, the YCRH is setting out to examine existing health rights across the country, and increase education and advocacy in the area of youth health rights and responsibilities as part of its Health Rights and Responsibilities Project.

Recognizing significant confusion surrounding the legal rights of Canadian young people related to their health, the YCRH, through the University of Toronto, conducted a detailed review of the current legal rights pertaining to health across the country to create a baseline portrait as part of the Project.

In May 2017, the Young Canadians Roundtable on Health announced the launch of the YCRH’s Health Rights and Responsibilities Project and the release of a review, Youth Health Rights in Canada, produced in partnership with the University of Toronto’s Joint Centre for Bioethics.

Youth Health Rights in Canada summarizes the findings of this legal review and outlines the legal rights of young Canadians with respect to health, and identifies gaps and systemic inconsistencies facing Canadian youth.

Guided by these findings, the YCRH held focus groups across the country to gain a deeper understanding of youths’ knowledge of their rights and experiences in accessing health care in Canada.  This information, coupled with the information presented in the discussion paper, was translated into YouthHealthRights.ca, the centrepiece of the Health Rights and Responsibilities Project.