The Ontario Legislature passes MPP Soo Wong’s Private Member’s Bill
March 17, 2014
Queen’s Park – Today, members of the Ontario Legislature voted unanimously in favour of Soo Wong’s (MPP for Scarborough-Agincourt) Private Member’s Bill. The bill proclaims May 14th of each year as “Children and Youth in Care Day” in the Province of Ontario and will help trigger fundamental change for youth in and leaving care of Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies.
The bill recognizes the enormous contributions that current and former Crown and Society wards make to the Province, as well as the strength, bravery and resilience shown by these children and youth in the face of adversity.
A similar bill was introduced on May 14, 2012 by Windsor West MPP, Teresa Piruzza – now Ontario’s Minister of Children and Youth Services. This awareness day was one of the key recommendations provided in the final report from the Youth Leaving Care Hearings, held in November of 2011 at Queen’s Park.
“Today is a big win for children and youth in and leaving care across Ontario. When given the resources and support of the community, children and youth that grow up in the care of the Children’s Aid Society are able to succeed and fulfill their dreams. Every child deserves care and love, and I believe this official day of recognition will help us prevent vulnerable children from falling through the cracks.”
- Soo Wong, MPP for Scarborough-Agincourt
“On behalf of our children and youth, OACAS thanks the government, and particularly Soo Wong for marking May 14th as Children and Youth in Care day. This is one more way to show that we value our young people and acknowledge the unique experiences they face. Youth will now have a day that they can call their own, a day to be proud of and a day to feel united across Ontario. We thank MPP Wong for her dedication to making this day a reality."
- Mary Ballantyne, Executive Director, Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies
“A huge congratulations to Soo Wong, MPP, on sponsoring Bill 53. The day each May 14th will help take children and youth in care out of the shadows. It will confirm their importance to us and in so doing allow us to celebrate them and recommit to their well-being.”
- Irwin Elman, Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth
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