About the Convention on the Rights of the Child

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The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is a United Nations treaty. It is the most widely-adopted human rights treaty in the world, having been ratified by 193 countries. The CRC was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1989. Canada ratified the CRC on December 13, 1991.

For the full text of the CRC, click here.

Optional Protocols

Optional protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflict. Entered into force on February 12, 2002, and ratified by Canada on July 7, 2000 | Full text

Optional protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography. Entered into force on January 18, 2002, and ratified by Canada on September 14, 2005 | Full text

Reports to the Committee on the Rights of the Child

Since ratifying the CRC in 1991, Canada has made two reports to the Committee on the Rights of the Child.

First Report to the Committee  РSubmitted in June 1994.

Second Report to the Committee – Submitted in April 2001.

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