Last week The Child and Family Services Act 2023, came into force. 

In a statement, Gene Makowsky explained "With the implementation of The Child and Family Services Act, 2023, we are enhancing our commitment to support and nurture the most vulnerable members of our society. These updates ensure that children and families receive the care and resources they need to thrive, reflecting our dedication to fostering a brighter future for all."

The amendments made to the act have three main focuses:

  • Strengthening language in the Act to enhance family, community and cultural connections for children and youth. 
  • raising the legal age of the child from up to 16 years to up to 18 years of age. 
  • increasing flexibility of information sharing, disclosure and confidentiality. 

Multiple entities including Indigenous authorities, community-based organizations, the Advocate for Children and Youth and youth with lived experience were consulted on the proposed amendments before they were enacted.

The full release can be read here