Best interests of the child

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Resolution number: 
18
November 2002
Whereas: 
  1. International human rights instruments which Canada has signed require that children's best interests be given priority consideration;
  2. A number of recent decisions by H and C and PRRA officers seem to indicate that full consideration of the best interests of the child is not being applied;
  3. There are no written guidelines to follow for CIC officers when assessing the best interests of the child, and the new IP5 manual does not deal satisfactorily with this issue:
Therefore be it resolved: 

That the CCR urge the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration that written guidelines on the best interests of the child to be used by CIC officers within Canada and abroad, be developed in consultation with the CCR and other organizations promoting the rights of children.

Subject: 
Working Group: 
Inland Protection