Youth in and From Care and the Right to Education: Current Context and Recommendations

Governments in Canada, including Ontario, have begun to undertake efforts to ensure that young people in care can better realize their rights. Two years ago, Ontario passed the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017, an important piece of legislation for a number of reasons, including the fact that it raises the age of protection for children up to the age of 18.

This report begins by exploring education as a human right, and the challenges faced by youth in and from care in Ontario in realizing this right. We then look at what has been happening in Ontario under the new legislation. Finally, we suggest some ways that the Ontario government can support young people in and from care in their educational paths.

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