Submit comments on draft Child and Youth Advocate Act

In June 2019, the Prince Edward Island Speech from the Throne signaled government’s commitment to an independent Child and Youth Advocate with noted intention to introduce legislation.

To ensure effective representation of the rights and viewpoints of children and youth, the Child and Youth Advocate will have the ability to review programs and services provided to children, youth and their families and make unbiased recommendations free of government influence.

It is proposed that the Child and Youth Advocate:

  • be an independent officer of the Legislative Assembly;
  • report directly to the Legislative Assembly; and
  • submit an annual report to the Legislative Assembly and publish additional reports as necessary.

In 1989, world leaders decided that all human beings under the age of 18 years needed a special convention for the protection and promotion of their human rights.  The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is the first legally binding international instrument to incorporate the full range of human rights for children -- civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights. It acknowledges the primary role of parents and the family in the care and protection of children as well as the obligation of governments to help them carry out these duties.

Public Consultation

Can I comment on the proposed legislation?

Yes, individuals and groups are invited to review the draft Child and Youth Advocate Act and provide feedback using a variety of options.

  1. Forward a written submission by email to voiceforchildren@gov.pe.ca;
  2. Submit comments online using the link at the bottom of this page;
  3. Attend one of the following public consultations being held across the province.

Dates / Locations

This week's consultations are postponed due to effects of Hurricane Dorian

POSTPONED - September 9, 6:00 to 8:00 pm - Hernewood School, Woodstock

POSTPONED - September 10, 6:00 to 8:00 pm - Athena School, Summerside (Open to all residents with simultaneous translation in French)

POSTPONED - September 11, 6:00 to 8:00 pm - Birchwood School, Charlottetown

Monday, September 23, 6:00 to 8:00 pm - Montague High School, Montague

Tuesday, September 24, 6:00 to 8:00 pm - Souris High School, Souris

How will feedback be used?

Following consultations, a final draft will be prepared and tabled during an upcoming session of the Legislative Assembly of PEI for consideration by members.

What is the deadline for feedback?

Submit feedback by October 8, 2019, midnight.

Who can I contact for assistance?

The Child and Youth Advocate's Office
Telephone: 902-368-4508
Email: voiceforchildren@gov.pe.ca

Executive Council Office

General Inquiries

Executive Council Office
5th Floor, Shaw Building
95 Rochford Street
P.O. Box 2000,
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

General Inquiries:
Phone: 902-368-4501
Fax: 902-368-6118

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