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The Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates (CCCYA) is an association of children's advocates from across Canada who have mandates to advance the rights of children and youth and to promote their voices.

Although the names of the offices and their mandates vary, the advocates are all independent officers of the legislature in their respective jurisdictions. Through the Council, they identify areas of mutual concern and work to develop ways to address issues at a national level.

Our Vision

That the rights, interests and well-being of all children and youth are valued and respected in Canadian communities and in government legislation, policy, programs and practices.

The Council achieves this by:

  • Encouraging the fullest possible implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child;
  • Supporting collective advocacy for children’s rights;
  • Using a Memorandum of Understanding that provides a framework for consistent, quality advocacy services to children and families moving between provinces while recognizing the jurisdiction and authority of each individual Council member under his or her guiding legislation;
  • Sharing information, advocacy approaches and strategies;
  • Working with government, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit governments, and others with child and youth-serving roles;
  • Promoting the development of effective independent offices for children;
  • Engaging/cooperating with other child and youth-serving organizations nationally and internationally to contribute to advancing the rights of children world-wide.