the Government of Canada ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and has responsibilities for the care of children as outlined in the National Child Agenda and the Social Union Framework Agreement and these responsibilities further extend to initiatives with provinces and territories that set out programs such as the National Child Benefit, the Early Childhood Development Initiative and the Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework;
the degree of flexibility afforded provincial and territorial governments has led to significant variances in services and programs across the country, in direct violation of Canada’s obligations as a signatory of the UNCRC, resulting in certain subpopulations of children systematically deriving no benefit from the above-mentioned programs; and
the potential of children is being lost due to relative invisibility and the lack of standards requiring they be considered and addressed.
We, the undersigned, residents and citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to :
1. Recognize children living in material deprivation, who are homeless, affected by parental addiction, parental incarceration, or government care experience;
2. Remedy the barriers within its own direct payments to families and systems like the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, the Disability Tax Credit Certificate, and Registered Education Savings Plans;
3. Increase supports for these children at particular high risk of adverse life events and suffering the highest level of exclusion, and
4. Set standards to reduce inter-provincial and territorial disparities that exclude children living in circumstances not considered under current eligibility rules.
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