Statement by Minister MacLeod on National Child Day
Today, Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, issued the following statement in recognition of National Child Day.
"Today is an opportunity to celebrate our children as active participants in their communities, who offer a meaningful voice. It is also a reminder of our duty to ensure every child is treated with dignity, respect, and protected from abuse and sexual exploitation.
Child abuse is one of the most sinister acts that happens in our province. We are duty-bound to protect against child abuse, to fight sex trafficking, and prevent bullying. We're required, by law, to report these heinous acts.
We know we have work to do and I am committed to working with partners across government to help our children prosper. But we need to have these tough conversations, we need to break down barriers and we need to speak together.
By supporting all children in this province, ensuring they are protected from harm, that they are provided with their basic needs, have access to education and every opportunity to reach their full potential, we are building a better and stronger Ontario that benefits everyone."