Canadian Children's Rights Council
Conseil canadien des droits des enfants
The Canada Wide Campaign to End Corporal Punishment of Children

The Repeal 43 committee ( see ) published the 1/2 page ad below in Canada's largest national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, on November 20th, 2008.  The Repeal43 Committee has placed similar ads in previous years.

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Open Letter to Members of Parliament

Physical punishment causes harm.
Let's respect a child's right to be protected.

Dear Members of Parliament:

November 20 is National Child Day - a day to celebrate the United Nations Convention on the Rights

of the Child, ratified by Canada in 1991.

Unfortunately, Canada is in violation of this Convention because it has not repealed Section 43 of the

Criminal Code - a 19th century provision allowing parents to hit children for the purpose of "correction".

The UN Committee monitoring the Convention has repeatedly asked our government to repeal this

section. It violates a child's right to protection from assault and creates a risk of serious physical and

mental harm. In 2009, Canada will again report to the UN on the implementation of the Convention

and the progress made on ensuring children's rights.

We, the undersigned, call on you to repeal Section 43 - thus meeting our obligation to both the UN

Convention on the Rights of the Child, and our responsibility to protect and prevent harm to children.

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Organizations from across Canada that were listed in the ad and who support abolishing Section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada which allows assaulting/hitting children.

Abbotsford Community Services

Aisling Discoveries Child and Family Centre

Alliance for Children and Youth of Waterloo Region

Amnesty International Canada

Amnistie internationale, section canadienne francophone

Andrew Fleck Child Care Services

Association des centres jeunesse du Québec

Association des Médecins en Protection de l'Enfance du Québec

Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario

Atlantic Therapy and Assessment Centre

Attachment Parenting Canada

Bayfield Treatment Centres

BC Council for Families

BCGEU Community Social Services Component

Blue Hills Child and Family Centre

Boost Child Abuse Prevention & Intervention

Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada

Burnaby Family Life

CAMH Centre for Prevention Science

Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Canadian Association for Community Living

Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs

Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists

Canadian Association of Social Workers

Canadian Child Care Federation

Canadian Children's Rights Council - Conseil canadien des droits des enfants

Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children

Canadian Council for Reform Judaism

Canadian Federation of University Women

Canadian Foster Family Association

Canadian Foundation for Children, Youth and the Law

(Justice for Children and Youth)

Canadian Institute of Child Health

Canadian Physiotherapy Association

Canadian Psychological Association

Canadian Public Health Association

Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto

Catholic Family Services of Saskatoon

Catholic Social Services of Edmonton

Centre des services communautaires Vanier

Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women

and Children, Faculty of Education, University of Western Ontario

CHEO: Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario

Child Abuse Prevention Council of London and Middlesex

Child and Youth Advocate, Province of Newfoundland and Labrador

Child & Youth Friendly Ottawa

Child Care Resource & Referral Program BC

Child Development Institute

Child Protection Centre, Children's Hospital of Winnipeg

Child Welfare League of Canada

Children's Aid Foundation

Children's Aid Society of Grey County

Children's Aid Society of London and Middlesex

Children's Aid Society of Toronto

Children's Mental Health Ontario

Children's Rights Centre, Cape Breton University

Clinique de pédiatrie sociojuridique du Centre Hospitalier

Universitaire Ste-Justine

College-Montrose Children's Place

Collingwood Neighbourhood House, Vancouver

Comité hospitalier de protection de l'enfance CHUL, Québec

Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la

jeunesse du Québec

Community Living Toronto

Community Safety & Crime Prevention Council of Waterloo Region

Defence for Children International - Canada

Direction de la santé publique, Agence de la santé et des

services sociaux de Montréal

Eastern School District, PEI

Educating for Peace

Faculty of Social Work, University of Regina

Family and Children's Services of Guelph and Wellington County

Family Education Centre, Brampton, ON

Family Service Saskatoon

Family Service Thames Valley

Family Service Toronto

Family Services of Greater Vancouver

Family Services of the North Shore

Federation of Child & Family Services of BC

First Call: BC Child & Youth Advocacy Coalition

First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada

Gloucester Association for Children with Special Needs

Health Nexus/Best Start Resource Centre

Healthy Child Coalition - Central Region, Manitou, Manitoba

Infant Mental Health Promotion, Hospital for Sick Children

IWK Health Centre, Department of Pediatrics

Jewish Child and Family Service, Winnipeg

Jewish Family and Child Service of Greater Toronto

Jewish Family Services, Edmonton

John Howard Society of Sudbury

Kids Help Phone

Kinark Child and Family Services

Kingston Interval House

Kootenay Region Branch of the United Nations Association

in Canada

Macaulay Child Development Centre

Manitoba Child Care Association

Many Rivers Counselling and Support Services Society, Whitehors

McMaster Children's Hospital, Child Advocacy and

Assessment Program

National Council of Women of Canada

National Youth In Care Network

New Brunswick Association of Social Workers

New Brunswick Association of Speech-Language

Pathologists and Audiologists

Newfoundland & Labrador Foster Families Association

Northeastern Catholic District School Board, Timmins, ON

Northern Child and Family SCAN Clinic

Office of the Child and Youth Advocate, Alberta

Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth, Ontari

Ombudsman/Child and Youth Advocate, New Brunswick

Ontario Association of Child and Youth Counsellors

Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies

Ontario Association of Social Workers

Ontario Public Health Association

Open Doors for Lanark Children and Youth

Ottawa Community Committee on Child Abuse

Parenting Education Saskatchewan

Parenting Today

Peel Children's Aid Society

Perth District Health Unit, Stratford, ON

Professional Parenting Canada

Provincial Advisory Committee on Child Abuse, Manitoba

Provincial Council of Women of Ontario

Repeal 43 Committee

Representative of Children and Youth, Province of BC

ROCK Reach Out Centre for Kids

Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers

Saskatchewan Children's Advocate Office

Save the Children Canada


Society for Children and Youth of B.C.

South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre

Sparrow Lake Alliance

St. Mary's Home/MaisonSainte-Marie

Thames Valley Children's Centre

The United Church of Canada

Toronto Public Health


V.O.I.C.E. (Violence Overcome In Creative Ensemble)

Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre

Windsor-Essex Children's Aid Society

YMCA of Greater Toronto

Yorktown Family Services

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Committee to Repeal Section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada Which Allows Hitting Children to "Correct" Them

The Repeal 43 Committee is a national, voluntary committee of lawyers, paediatricians, social workers and educators formed in 1994 to advocate repeal of section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada.

It is an offence under our Criminal Code to use force against anyone without their consent. This right to personal security is the most fundamental of all human rights. It is a protection against assault that all adults take for granted.

Children do not have the full benefit of this protection because section 43 of the Criminal Code justifies hitting children for disciplinary or "correction" reasons. This violates a child's right to the equal protection and benefit of the law guaranteed by our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

It contravenes the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. It violates a child's dignity and shows a lack of respect. It can lead to serious physical and emotional harm.

Over 400 organizations from across Canada that deal with children are against corporal punishment