Welcome to the site of the Special Commission on the Rights of the Child and Youth Protection presided by Ms. Régine Laurent: A Willingness to Act for Our Children.

The death of a seven-year-old girl in Granby on April 30, 2019 shocked the people of Québec and raised concerns about the youth protection system and support for families in vulnerable situations.

In response to this tragedy, the Québec government has committed to embarking on an examination not only of youth protection services but also the law that governs them, as well as the role of the courts, social services and other actors involved.

On May 30, 2019, it entrusted this mandate to a special commission presided by Ms. Régine Laurent. This site allows anyone to consult all information pertaining to the Commission, and also to submit their story to the attention of the commissioners.

The Commission must submit its report and recommendations to the government by November 30, 2020.

On this site you will find complete information on the Commission. It will be posted as the work progresses (schedule of sessions, groups and persons heard, documents filed, recording of public hearings, etc.).

For information on the Commission, write to info@csdepj.gouv.qc.ca


Presenting a brief to the Commission

We thank all citizens, groups and organizations who submitted a brief. A great many responded to our appeal, and we received over 200 briefs. The submission period is now over.

All briefs will be assessed and taken into account during the discussions that will take place with a view to drafting the Commission’s final report. All briefs will be available on our website following the public hearings.

The Commission will hear you

The Commission will hear stories from children, young people, parents and workers who have had dealings with the youth protection system. Your stories are of great value to the work of the Commission.

Send your testimony to votrehistoire@csdepj.gouv.qc.ca or call 1 833 990 2443 so that your experience can contribute to the work of the Commission.

Note that the Commission has a clearly defined mandate to examine the youth protection system and the role of the various networks concerned. All stories submitted will be considered in the Commission’s work, analyses and findings. They will contribute to the overall reflection of the commissioners—success stories and difficulties encountered alike.

However, the Commission does not have the power to draw conclusions or to settle specific cases, nor is its role to apportion blame to anyone in the networks concerned.