Child Care is a Right

rights_button_home_wpressIn partnership with the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC (CCCABC), the CCAAC is proud to present our project “Child Care is a Right”. The child care movement began as a central issue of the women’s rights movement so it’s natural that we would return to our roots and begin to explore child care from a women’s, children and family rights position.

The core of this project will be to explore Canada’s international treaty obligations to women, children and families as they pertain to child care. We are focusing on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and related General Comment #7, the Convention to Eliminate Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

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Project information and publications

Letter to the Members of the Committee on the Rights of the Child
September 19, 2012


Our presentation to the Pre-Sessional Working Group of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
February 6, 2012

BC Child Care Advocates in Geneva to Complain to UN: Will argue today Canada is failing to meet obligations under Rights of the Child convention
Katie Hyslop,; February 6, 2012

CCCABC is invited to the United Nations
January 2012

Introduction to the ‘Child Care is a Right’ project and information about the UN process
May 2010



As children, child care is our right

As families, child care is our right

As women, child care is our right

As workers, child care is our right

A Tale of Two Canadas: Implementing Rights in Early Childhood

Child Care is a Right Project releases A Tale of Two Canadas (February 2011)

Download the full brief (english – 23 pages) / Récit de deux Canada (en français – 28 pages)
Download the overview (english – 2 pages) / Aperçu (en français – 3 pages)
Download the appendices (english – 18 pages) / Annexes (en français – 20 pages)

Child Care is a Right postcards
April 2011

Our right to advocate

Why are we so passionate about advocating for our rights – and does the United Nations really care?
Our child care advocacy movement began as a central issue of the women’s rights movements. For over 30 years, the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC has advocated for quality, affordable, accessible child care to enhance the lives of women and children. We believe that Canada signed on to the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention to Eliminate Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in good faith, and with that same good faith, we work now to hold Canada accountable for its lack of action.

Does the UN really care what CCCABC has to say?
The answer is a resounding yes! While the process may be a bit difficult to navigate, the UN has established a number of ways for organizations like ours to inform the review committee’s work and to suggest questions that should be put to Canada’s government representatives.
“The Committee on the Right of the Child seeks specific, reliable and objective information from NGO’s (non governmental organizations [like CCCABC]) in order to obtain a serious and independent assessment of the progress and difficulties encountered in the implementation of the CRC.”

So, it is our responsibility as concerned and engaged citizens of Canada to be part of the review process and demand the rights of children and women are upheld in our country.


What Commitments has Canada made to Children, Women and Families?
By ratifying (or approving) the following agreements, Canada has committed to protecting and ensuring rights for the following groups (among others). Canada has also agreed to be accountable for these commitments before the international community

On Children and Families

On Women

Canada Reports to the UN

Has Canada always reported the whole truth? – Public Reporting to the International Community

Turn Up The Volume
On September 26 and 27, 2012, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child will ask the Canadian government questions about how well children are doing in Canada. This is part of the third review of how well Canada implements the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The dialogue will be webcast, so you can watch in Canada. The CCRC is providing commentary and background on its website and invites Canadians to join the discussion through its Facebook page. UNICEF has developed a party toolkit and suggestions for ways you can have fun and take action with this event. This is an opportunity to learn and show support for children’s rights in Canada.

On Children and Families

On Women

What have grassroots organizations said? Civil Society reports to the UN

On Children and Families

On Women

The UN makes its evaluation. What does the UN say about Canada’s progress (or lack of it)?

Consideration of reports submitted by States parties under article 44 of the Convention
Concluding observations: Canada
October 5, 2012
“The Committee is concerned by the high cost of child-care, the lack of available places for children, the absence of uniform training requirements for all child-care staff and of standards of quality care. The Committee notes that early childhood care and education continues to be inadequate for children under four years of age and the Committee is concerned that the majority of early childhood care and education services are provided by private, for profit institutions, resulting in services being unaffordable for most families.”

Canada’s poor marks on Rights of Child: UN evaluates Canada’s record, finds it lacking
Jody Dallaire, New Brunswick; Straight Goods
October 2012

UN confronts Canada for having no coherent national strategy for child rights
Heather Scoffield, Canadian Press/TYEE
September 26, 2012

On Children and Families

On Women

Links to other Rights organizations

On Children and Families

On Women

  • WomenWatch
    Central gateway to information and resources on the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women throughout the United Nations system

Missing Women Commission of Inquiry

Related material

Child care as a human right – UN Committee finds Canada shirks obligations under Rights of the Child
Jody Dallaire, Straight Goods
January 24, 2013

UN Child Rights Rep to Canada: What’s Taking You So Long? Visitor prods officials to make good on decade-old recommendations
Katie Hyslop,
December 8, 2012

United Nations Committee on Rights of the Child representative concludes four-day visit to Canada
Media release – CCCYA
December 7, 2012

Next Steps for Children’s Rights in Canada
Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children
October 26, 2012

Feds’ Tough-on-Crime Agenda ‘Excessively Punitive’ for Kids: UN
Tory crime bill no longer conforms to international child rights convention, report charges
By Heather Scoffield, Canadian Press/Tyee
October 10, 2012

Your Right to Speak – Child Rights Video
August 2012

What’s Missing in Budget 2012?
Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children
April 13, 2012

Kamloops Children’s Charter of Rights / Kamloops Youth’s Charter of Rights
Make Children First Kamloops

Reality Check: Women in Canada and the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action Fifteen Years On
A Canadian Civil Society Response
February 22, 2010

Harper runs roughshod over women’s rights
Murray Dobbin,
February 8, 2010

Olympic Games: Stark Contrast to Poverty and Violence
Open Letter to Prime Minister Harper and Premier Campbell from The B.C. CEDAW Group and Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs
February 2010

B.C. fails to meet international women’s rights standards
BC CEDAW Group news release and responses
February 2010

Open Letter from Kathy Corrigan, MLA
In regards to the release of ‘Nothing to Report’ from the BC CEDAW Group
February 2010

Letter to The Honourable Wally Oppal, Attorney General of British Columbia
March 2009

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