Ontario Pledges Commitment to Improve Care in the Child Protection System

Government of Ontario

News Release

Ontario's Government is committed to improving outcomes in Ontario's child protection system through the creation of three new roundtables dedicated to sharing ideas for improvement. Overseen by three Chairs appointed by and reporting directly to the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, the three new roundtables would be made up of those with lived experience in the fields of Indigenous child welfare, children-in-care, and youth-in-custody.

First announced in the government's Fall Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review, the oversight responsibility for investigations related to Ontario's children would transition to the Office of the Ontario Ombudsman. The same enabling legislation outlines that investigative staff from the office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth would transfer to the Ombudsman's office, transferring a turn-key children's unit that will ensure high quality service and proper resources for child and youth investigations.

The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services is already working to support this transition by facilitating discussions between the Office of the Ombudsman and the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth to ensure a seamless transition.