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Our Child Rights Legislation Tracker keeps elected officials accountable to Canada’s 8 million children and youth by highlighting what bills related to young people are being tabled, how they measure up and how you can influence their progress through the House of Commons and the Senate of Canada.

One Youth is calling on Members of Parliament to make every vote in the House of Commons a #VoteForEveryChild, by making children and youth a priority during the 43rd Parliament. 

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This enactment amends the Criminal Code to, among other things, create the following offences:

  • (a) causing a person to undergo conversion therapy against the person’s will;
  • (b) causing a child to undergo conversion therapy;
  • (c) doing anything for the purpose of removing a child from Canada with the intention that the child undergo conversion therapy outside Canada;
  • (d) advertising an offer to provide conversion therapy; and
  • (e) receiving a financial or other material benefit from the provision of conversion therapy.

It also amends the Criminal Code to authorize courts to order that advertisements for conversion therapy be disposed of or deleted.


This enactment provides for the establishment of the Office of the Commissioner for Children and Youth in Canada. It also makes consequential amendments to other Acts.

Read the joint submission to the 2021 pre-budget consultation in support of a National Commissioner for Children and Youth from the Canadian Paediatric Society, Children's Healthcare Canada, the Pediatric Chairs of Canada, and UNICEF Canada.


This enactment amends the Canada Elections Act and the Regulation Adapting the Canada Elections Act for the Purposes of a Referendum to lower the voting age from 18 years to 16.

In August we co-hosted a webinar on lowering the voting age featuring Senator Marilou McPhedran, Cheryl Milne of the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights, Mike Morden of the Samara Centre for Democracy, and youth perspectives from across Canada


This enactment provides for the development of a national school food program to ensure that all children in Canada have access to healthy food.

UNICEF Canada is a proud member of the Coalition for Healthy School Food. Write your MP today and tell them you a national school food program

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