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About Ontario's children aid societies

Class Action on Behalf of Crown Wards

Were you a Crown ward at any time from the period January 1, 1966 until March 30, 2017? If so, you may be a class member in the class action which has now been certified by the court. The lawsuit seeks money (damages) and other benefits for class members.

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  • Class Members are automatically included in the class action, unless they take steps to exclude themselves (opt out) by March 11, 2018. If you want to stay in the class action, do not opt out.
  • If you opt out, you will not be part of the lawsuit and you will not be able to share in any money or any other benefit obtained for the class if the lawsuit is successful.
  • This lawsuit does not impact your ability to seek compensation now from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board or from any other person other than the Province of Ontario.
  • Please visit to get more information about this class action and your rights, or contact us at or
    1 (877) 739-8936.

In Ontario, child protection services are provided by children’s aid societies governed by the Child and Family Services Act. The government provides funding and monitors children’s aid societies. It also develops policies to support child welfare programs, and licenses children’s group homes and foster homes.

Children’s aid societies are responsible for investigating reports or evidence of abuse or neglect of children under the age of 18, and when necessary, taking steps to protect children. They also look after children who come under their care or supervision, counsel and support families, and place children for adoption.

All children’s aid societies must comply with the Child Protection Standards in Ontario to provide consistent services to all children, youth and their families.

There are 48 children's aid societies across Ontario. A list of the children's aid societies is available online through the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies. Each society is an independent, non-profit organization run by a board of directors elected from the local community, or a First Nation operating under the Indian Act.

Protection Services for 16 and 17-Year Olds

From January 1, 2018, 16 and 17-year olds who are in need of protection will be eligible for the full range of child protection services in Ontario.

If you are 16 or 17-years old, find out about the help available from your local children’s aid society.

If you work with youth, learn about child protection services for 16 and 17-year olds in Ontario.

For more information, contact your local children’s aid society.

Child Protection Information Network

Ontario is implementing the Child Protection Information Network known as CPIN. This will modernize and replace the information systems used by children’s aid societies.

CPIN will help enhance child safety by creating a single information system. It.will allow children’s aid societies to securely share confidential child protection information with one another and to better manage case files and finances. They will also be able to track which protection services children have received anywhere in Ontario and their results.

All personal information in CPIN will only be shared among children’s aid societies, and only for providing child protection services.

The Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth’s investigative authority

The Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth Act provides the Provincial Advocate with the authority to make recommendations that are aimed at improving the child welfare system so that it promotes the best interests, protection and well-being of children and youth. The Provincial Advocate has the authority to receive and respond to complaints, conduct reviews, represent the views and preferences of children and youth, make reports and provide recommendations.

Find out more about the Provincial Advocate’s role in Ontario.

The Provincial Advocate also has the ability to investigate matters relating to services provided by children’s aid societies and residential licensees, where a children’s aid society is the placing agency. This authority strengthens accountability, oversight and transparency of Ontario’s child welfare system.

Learn more about what to do if you have concerns about a children’s aid society.

Review of Motherisk hair strand testing

In response to the Honourable Susan Lang’s final report, the government appointed an independent Commissioner in January 2016 to assist people who may have been affected by Motherisk laboratory’s testing methodology, regardless of the date of the test. Over the next two years, Commissioner Judith C. Beaman will lead a review and resource centre that will provide legal, counselling and other support to affected individuals involved in child protection matters.

The Commission’s office is now open and can be reached at 1-844-303-5476 or

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