June 30, 2017

Statement from the Minister of Children and Youth Services on the Jury Recommendations from the Inquest into the Death of Katelynn Sampson

Minister of Children and Youth Services

Today, Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services, issued the following statement in response to the Office of the Chief Coroner on the recommendations of the jury in the Katelynn Sampson inquest:

“Katelynn’s death was an unimaginable tragedy. She was the victim of abuse that no child should ever have to suffer. While it has been difficult to come to terms with the circumstances of her death, our government is committed to taking action to address the jury’s recommendations. I want to thank the inquest jury who listened to the difficult evidence presented and for their thoughtful deliberations and recommendations.

Since Katelynn’s death, our government has implemented the majority of the jury’s recommendations and we have taken many important steps towards transforming the system, including:

We are also developing a blueprint for child and youth licensed residential services reform that will improve the quality of care and enhance oversight, which we will be releasing in the coming weeks.

We are committed to making real change to improve outcomes for children and youth involved in Ontario’s child welfare system. Together with our partners across government, we are putting young people at the heart of everything we do so they have a voice in decisions that affect the services they receive.”

The Honourable Michael Coteau
Minister of Children and Youth Services