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Youth Protection services and the Youth Criminal Justice Act on our territory

Youth Protection Services Department | Download the PDF

Youth Criminal Justice Act | Download the PDF


The Youth Protection Act (YPA), adopted in 1979, governs the child welfare system in Quebec. This law defines the range of situations that can be so harmful to a child’s security or development that intervention is needed.

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The Youth Criminal Justice Act, or YCJA, is the federal law that governs Canada’s youth justice system. It applies to Canadian youth aged 12 to 17 who get into trouble with the law. The YCJA came into force in 2003 and was amended in 2012 to strengthen its handling of violent and repeat young offenders.

Read more about Canada’s Youth Criminal Justice Act