Demand that Canada Acts on Child Labour and Modern Slavery

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Thank you for taking time to sign the petition. We still need your support

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 child labour.

Fill the survey now. 

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. I encourage you to speak from your own perspective and experiences. If you’re unsure how to answer a question, here are some resources you can use.

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 France and now widely considered to be best practice – would require companies to take meaningful action to address human rights in their supply chains, whereas evidence is showing earlier forms of supply chain transparency 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.
  •  A 2016 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.

Tiyahna Ridley-Padmore
2 years ago