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Have your voice heard
Your voice matters!
Your voice matters!
Between now and June 21, you have an opportunity to directly tell the Government of Canada that we need legislation to protect children in global supply chains. Your participation could help protect children from exploitation and abuse.
These consultations are because of people, just like you, who kept asking for supply chain legislation.
Your input will be used by officials at
Employment and Social Development Canada
to make recommendations to the government on how best to proceed with supply chain legislation.
It’s online and you can answer as much or as little as you like, it can take as little as 5 minutes to complete. We encourage you to speak from your own perspective and experiences. If you’re unsure how to answer a question, we’ve provided some resources below.
Keep in mind when completing this survey:
The Canadian government has made no commitment to supply chain legislation despite the UK, Australia, France and the Netherlands passing laws to address child labour and/or other forms of exploitation – a clear signal that voluntary initiatives alone are insufficient.
Mandatory human rights due diligence legislation –
in place in
and now widely considered to be best practice – would require companies to take meaningful action to address human rights in their supply chains, whereas
is showing earlier forms of supply chain
legislation haven’t lived up to expectations.
The United Nations’
Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
calls on companies to have in place “
a human rights due diligence process to identify, prevent, mitigate and account for how they address
” potential human rights impacts.
71% of the world’s 152 million kids in child labour work in agriculture, 17% in services and 12% in industries like manufacturing or construction.
World Vision Canada report
estimated that over 1,200 companies operating in Canada are importing over $34 billion worth of goods that are of high risk of being produced by child or forced labour.
Those same companies provide very little information about their global supply chains and the steps they are taking to keep children safe, making it difficult for Canadians to be informed consumers.
Child labour and forced labour are often connected to a range of other labour and human rights abuses
(e.g. violence, discrimination, land grabs, limits on freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining, etc.)
that urgently need to be addressed in global supply chains. The most recent forms of supply chain legislation are recognizing the need for a holistic response.
Additional Background info:
In 2017, the House of Commons studied child labour in supply chains.
In 2018, the committee released their findings that, among other recommendations, called on the Government of Canada to “
develop legislative and policy initiatives that motivate businesses to eliminate the use of any form of child labour in their global supply chains… [drawing] on lessons learned by jurisdictions that have implemented supply chain legislation.
In 2019, in
to the report, the Government of Canada committed to
“begin a process in 2019 to consult on possible supply chain legislation.”
Employment and Social Development Canada has launched the first phase of the consultation process, including online surveys and face to face meetings with civil society organizations, unions, businesses, investors and other experts.
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Canadians have a part to play.
Join the movement to eliminate the worst forms of child labour.