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NewYouth.ca

Designed for young newcomers, this website provides settlement-related information. It is intended to give young newcomers a place to ask questions and receive information and referrals online from peers and professionals. NewYouth.ca can be found on Facebook, Twitter (@newcomeryouth), and YouTube (newcomeryouth).

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

CBA Child Rights Toolkit

The CBA Child Rights Toolkit has been developed to improve children’s access to justice in Canada. It is for professionals working in legal and administrative decision-making who want to implement a child-rights based approach in practice and strengthen their advocacy for children. 

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

Street Law Smarts

Street Law Smarts fact sheets are intended to assist staff working at agencies serving street youth to help young people with their legal problems. Fact sheet topics include Where to Get Legal Help, Evidence Tips, Leaving Home, Ontario Works & ODSP, Shelters, and more.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF, Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

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Consequences for Skipping School and Dropping Out

This Justice for Children and Youth blog post looks at what the Education Act says about the age at which children must start school and how long they must attend. May a 15-year-old leave school? And what are the repercussions if he does?

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2013

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Going to school after moving to Ontario, Canada

This is a short film by Justice for Children and Youth that explains some things you should know about going to school after immigrating to Ontario, Canada.

Available in:

English

Format:

Video

Produced/Updated In:

2013

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Do I Have the Right to Attend School?

This resource discusses children’s right to attend school, at what age a person can be legally excused from attending school, and at what age a student has the legal right not to attend school. There is information for immigrants and newcomers, blind or deaf students, French-language students, and First Nations students.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2012

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What are the legal consequences for skipping school?

Justice for Children and Youth (JFCY) looks at what happens when young people skip school for no legitimate reason. What does the Ontario Education Act say? What if you are sick or having a religious holiday? What are the consequences likely to be? This post on the JFCY blog explains your rights and responsibilities.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2012

Your Age and the Law

This booklet has information about age-based laws in Ontario. It lists age categories and summarizes the laws that apply to each. It covers topics such as school attendance, employment, health care, sexual activity, criminal charges, and alcohol use.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2012

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Helping parents without immigration status get their children into school

In Ontario, it is against the law for a school to refuse to admit a child who is under 18 years of age only because the child or the child’s parent or guardian is in Canada without immigration status. This online resource is for community workers and is meant to help them help parents who do not have immigration status register their children for school. 

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2011