The Representative for Children and Youth Act


The Representative for Children and Youth Act lays out our office’s duties and powers, as well as what government departments must do to support the Act. 

Our mandate includes the following specific duties as outlined in the RCYA:

  • Ensure the rights and interests of children and youth, individually and collectively, are protected and advanced; 
  • Ensure departments hear and consider the opinions of children and youth on matters that affect them; 
  • Ensure children and youth can access departments' services and that the departments considers their concerns and opinion about those services;
  • Help children, youth, and their families communicate with departments' service providers to improve understanding between them;
  • Inform the public about the rights and interests of children and youth, and the roles and responsibilities of the RCYO; and
  • Provide advice and recommendations to departments on how to make laws, policies, programs, and services better for children and youth in Nunavut.