Ontario's Legislation for Child, Youth and Family Services

The Child, Youth and Family Services Act (CYFSA) came into force on April 30, 2018. Part X (Personal Information) of the CYFSA came into force on January 1, 2020. The legislation puts children and youth at the centre of decision-making, and supports more accountable, responsive and accessible child, youth and family services. It also strengthens oversight for children's aid societies and licensed residential services.

Key changes include:

These changes build upon feedback received through the 2015 review of the Child and Family Services Act (CFSA), and enable Ontario to respond to emerging issues and the changing needs of children, youth and their families.



Guidelines and Directives

As per Ontario Regulation 157/18, section 5, "A directive issued under section 20.1 of the old Act that was in effect immediately before this section comes into force is continued as a directive issued under section 42 of the Act." If you have questions regarding these Directives, please contact us at CYFSA@ontario.ca.


Forms related to the Child, Youth and Family Services Act can be found on the Central Forms Repository.

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