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The Ontario Provincial ADR Advisory Committee (PAAC)

The Provincial ADR Advisory Committee (PAAC) was established in 2015 to create a community of practice among ADR providers and community partners (e.g. children’s aid societies), and to promote relationship-building and networking at a provincial level. Through joint learning opportunities and sharing of best practices, the Committee supports improving practitioner accountability and model integrity across all ADR approaches. The Committee provides advice to the Ministry on various ADR initiatives, as needed. Also, the Committee is responsible for hosting a biennial Provincial ADR Symposium that will bring the ADR community together for learning, training, information sharing and dialogue. The work of PAAC is ongoing and is committed to:

  • Building a Community of Practice for ADR that would include discussions of trends, challenges, successes, best practices and current issues in the field of ADR.
  • Providing Advice to the Ministry on upcoming initiatives such as updates to the Policy Directive and Service Description Schedules and developing data elements and outcome measures for reporting on ADR.
  • Developing processes and resources for transfer payment agencies, societies and rostering agencies (The George Hull Centre and OAFM) to support Practitioner Accountability and complaint management.
  • Developing a Communication Strategy to ensure flow of information and consultation to stakeholders in the ADR community and back to the PAAC.

The PAAC is hosting the 2016 Child Protection Alternative Dispute Resolution Symposium- Maximizing our Success: Critical Issues for Professionals in the Child Protection ADR Sector.

  • This symposium is sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services – Child Welfare Secretariat and is planned for November 14-15, 2016 at the Chestnut Residence and Conference Centre in Toronto, Ontario.
  • This symposium will provide information for front-line ADR practitioners; program managers and administrators; child welfare staff; lawyers; policy makers; funders and anyone else with a passion for ADR!
  • Stay tuned for registration info!

Child Protection Mediation (CPM)

  •  Check back for more info!

Family Group Conference (FGC)

  •  Check back for more info!

Indigenous Approaches

In 2015, the MCYS released an action plan to strengthen the ADR service delivery system in Ontario with a focus on culturally-appropriate ADR services for youth and families involved with CASs. With input from the Bay Consulting Group report and ADR stakeholders; and recommendations from the 2014 Symposium on Aboriginal Approaches to ADR, a key component of this action plan is to support the development and delivery of a core training curriculum on Indigenous Approaches/ODR. This curriculum is intended to enhance training of Indigenous Approaches/ODR Practitioners and to increase understanding and use of Indigenous Approaches/ODR among CASs, the legal community (e.g., judiciary, legal counsel for children/families) and other relevant community partners (e.g. Indigenous and non-Indigenous community agencies). The intended outcomes of the core training curriculum are to:

  • Increase the capacity of existing Indigenous ADR Practitioners to provide effective Indigenous Approaches/ODR services and to build consistency in the provision of training to Practitioners across the province; and
  • Increase awareness and understanding of Indigenous Approaches/ODR services to promote the uptake of this service as an alternative to court in child protection disputes.


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