Provincial Advocate for Children & Youth

The Office of the Provincial Advocate reports directly to the Ontario Legislature and provides an independent voice for children and youth, including children with special needs and First Nations children.

The advocates receive and respond to concerns from children, youth and families who are seeking or receiving services under the Child and Family Services Act and the Education Act (Provincial and Demonstration Schools).

The Provincial Advocate may identify systemic problems involving children, conduct reviews and provide education and advice on the issue of advocacy and the rights of children.

UNICEF Canada

UNICEF Canada is a Canadian non-governmental organization established more than 50 years ago. UNICEF Canada is one of 36 National Committees around the world who play a vital role in generating fundraising revenue, public support and awareness for UNICEF’s work and are also advocates for the protection and realization of children’s rights.

My Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)

MyGSA.ca is a resource promoting safer and inclusive schools for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) community.

This resource is made available through Egale Canada Human Rights Trust (ECHRT), Canada’s only national charity promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) human rights through research, education and community engagement.

Youth Criminal Law

A website of Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) providing information about the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

School Advocacy.ca

This website gives information to parents to support advocacy for children in Ontario public schools. It has tips and strategies to help parents ensure the school is meeting their child’s education needs.

Pro Bono Ontario – Education Law

A project of Pro Bono Ontario which provides pro bono (free) lawyers for familes with limited means in the area of education law for children.

Lawyer Referral Service

The Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario) can assist you in finding a lawyer in Ontario. Visit the Lawyer Referral Service to apply on-line.

If in crisis, e.g. being held in custody: 1-855-947-5255 or 416-947-5255, M – F, 9am – 5pm.

Your Legal Rights

Online clearinghouse for community legal education in Ontario; a project of Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO). Visit this site for hundreds of additional community legal education resources from organizations across Ontario on legal topics affecting low-income and disadvantaged communities.

Pro Bono Ontario

Pro Bono Ontario develops and manages high quality programs that connect volunteer lawyers with Ontarians who can’t afford a lawyer.  Wherever possible, we embed our free legal services in front-line environments like courthouses, schools and hospitals – places frequented by people with legal problems they can’t afford to address.

The Center of Excellence for Youth Engagement

The Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement (CEYE) brings together the expertise of youth, youth service providers, academic researchers and policy makers to identify, build and implement models of effective practice for meaningfully engaging youth and to document the results. The CEYE is committed to involving youth on a lead basis with the support of professional adults in every step of the research, policies and products generated.