Children, Seniors and Social Development


Children,Youth and Families Act
The purpose of the CYFA is to promote the safety and well-being of children and youth who are in need of protective intervention by omission or commission of the parent. This legislation provides authority for the delivery of child protection, in care and youth services.

Adoption Act 2013
The new Adoption Act, 2013 opens new window is focused on improving the adoption process while ensuring the safety and well-being of the province's children. It has helped streamline government processes with adoptions which, in turn, help increase the number of families able to proceed directly to court to finalize an adoption and reduce wait times in applying to adopt. It also includes a provision for adult adoption which refers to the ability to adopt a person 19 years of age or older, and has enhanced post-adoption services such as search and reunion services for families.

Youth Criminal Justice Act
The Youth Criminal Justice Act opens new window is the law that governs Canada's youth justice system. It applies to youth who are at least 12 but under 18 years old, who are alleged to have broken federal law such as the Criminal Code of Canada.

Young Persons Offences Act
The Young Persons Offences Act opens new window is the special law that applies to youth who break provincial laws such as the Highway Traffic Act opens new window or Liquor Control Act opens new window.

An Act to Establish the Boxing Authority of Newfoundland and Labrador (Boxing Authority Act)
This act establishes the Boxing Authority of Newfoundland and Labrador. The objects of the authority are to, and the authority may: (a) supervise and regulate professional boxing in the province; (b)  establish and enforce uniform rules for boxing in the province; (c)  licence all persons engaged in or connected with the presentation of boxing contests or exhibitions; (d)  provide for and enforce proper medical standards and periodic medical examinations for boxers and officials as prescribed by the regulations; and (e)  train officials in accordance with nationally established standards. The current statement of the law may be found at the following link: opens new window

Tobacco Control Act
The purpose of this Act, in light of conclusive evidence that tobacco use causes premature death and disease, is to protect the health of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians and in particular young people by restricting access to tobacco and tobacco related products and to protect them from inducements to use tobacco. The current statement of the law may be found at the following link: opens new window. The current statement of the Tobacco Control Regulations under the Tobacco Control Act may be found at the following link: opens new window

An Act Respecting the Protection of Adults (Adult Protection Act)
This act protects adults who are at risk of abuse and neglect, and who do not understand or appreciate that risk. The current statement of the law may be found at the following link: opens new window. The current statement of the Adult Protection Regulations may be found at opens new window

Smoke-Free Environment Act
The Smoke-Free Environment Act in Newfoundland and Labrador came into effect in 1994. At that time, smoking was either prohibited or restricted in public places. This included a smoking prohibition in day cares, schools, retail stores, recreational vehicles, public transportation vehicles and hospitals, and restrictions in food premises and liquor establishments. In 2002, other places such as food premises, games arcades, passenger terminals and common areas of hotels/motels were added to the list of public places where smoking was prohibited. On July 1, 2005, the Smoke-Free Environment Act, 2005 (SFEA, 2005) came into force and banned smoking in bars, bingo halls, private clubs and community centres, in addition to places where smoking has previously been banned. Also, smoking is prohibited on decks and patios of licensed liquor and food premises. The Smoke-Free Environment Act, 2005 may be found at opens new window.


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