Queen’s Park, Toronto - Northumberland-Quinte West MPP Lou Rinaldi received unanimous support at Queen’s Park today for the second reading of his Private Member’s Bill (Bill 170), An Act to proclaim Child Abuse Prevention Month.
If passed, Bill 170 would proclaim the month of October as Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Province of Ontario recognizes the importance of supporting the work of child protection and child abuse prevention in helping to educate the public about child abuse and the collective duty of Ontarians to protect children and youth.
Ensuring the safety of children, one of the most vulnerable sectors of our community, is everyone’s responsibility. Working with child and youth service agencies such as the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies, Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre, Highland Shores Children’s Aid Society, The Hospital for Sick Children, Native Child and Family Services of Toronto and police services from across the province, the Province of Ontario is committed to supporting children to get the best start in life, so that youth are prepared for their transition to adulthood, and families can access the services and supports they need.
Bill 170 has been referred to the Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills for further consideration.
“Officially proclaiming October as Child Abuse Prevention Month is our way to recognize that ending child abuse is a responsibility we all share. Our government, children’s aid societies and leaders of organizations across this great province continue to work together to protect our children and prevent child abuse. I was honored to bring forward this piece of legislation and look forward to the continued cooperation from all parties in the Legislature to observe it’s passage.” - Lou Rinaldi, M.P.P., Northumberland - Quinte West
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