CACs/CYACs in Development

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These organizations are developing CACs/CYACs in their communities

Wood Buffalo CYAC,
Fort McMurray

The Buffalo Child and Youth Advocacy Centre provides a multidisciplinary response to child abuse disclosures in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Through collaborative service delivery, The Buffalo Centre seeks to improve outcomes for children and youth who have experienced abuse in our community. The Buffalo Centre partner agencies work together to ensure the best possible outcome is reached for children and their supporting families. The partner agencies providing services out of the centre include the Wood Buffalo RCMP, Alberta Children’s Services and Community and Social Services, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and Alberta Health Services. The work of the Buffalo Centre is also supported by several additional community organizations and non-profits.

British Columbia
Big Bear CYAC,


Kelowna CAC


  • Shelley Buchanan Gilmore,Project DirectorPhone: 250-864-1153
  • Sarah Armstrong
    Phone: 250-801-3374
The Child Advocacy Centre of Kelowna began development in the fall of 2014 with the completion of a feasibility study early in 2017 with funding provided by the Department of Justice. The study results made it very clear that our community was ready for the development of a Centre in Kelowna and was supported by the agencies in the field working with the children and families affected by child abuse. The initial partners; RCMP, Ministry of Children and Family Development, Interior Health Authority and Kelowna Foundation for Hope and Social Innovation, are working to develop the Centre.

The Child Advocacy Centre of Kelowna is scheduled to open November 2018 bringing together a multi-disciplinary team of experts and professionals supporting children, youth and families to build resiliency in the face of child abuse. Housing our initial partners our integrated response to this critical issue will be a child and youth centered space focusing on the journey through the eyes of the victim and their caregivers.  This model will see a more communicative and collaborative system for the professionals working on the front lines; reducing system induced trauma; reducing the number of interviews, shortening wait times and creating a trauma informed practice.



Our Umingmak Child and Youth Support Centre will be the first Child Advocacy Centre in Nunavut. The centre is designed to address the needs of child victims and children who have witnessed a crime, and will meet the cultural needs of Nunavummiut.  As a one-stop- shop, the

centre will co-ordinate the efforts of the various service providers to ensure that the children and youth are supported and all legal and forensic evidence is gathered.

The centre will include:

  • a child-friendly interview room for use by police and family services
  • medical examination room
  • offices for 2 bilingual (Inuktitut – English) case coordinators and an Executive Director

Our progress so far:

  • 2014 Needs Assessment
  • 2015 Feasibility Study
  • 2016 Strategic Plan, working group formalized, location identified
  • 2017 Policies and Procedures drafted, evaluation plan, formalized partnerships


The Change for FIN CYAC is currently in development in Kingston, Ontario. We will serve our community with a multi-disciplinary approach to the investigation and prosecution of child and youth abuse cases, as well as provide advocacy services for families. We are currently in the process of facilitating and developing interdepartmental relationships and information sharing practices.

The London-Middlesex CYAC’s Steering Committee (anchored by London Family Court Clinic) completed a needs assessment and feasibility study in April, 2016 to assess the service gaps and desire for a child and youth advocacy centre in our local area.  The results of this assessment clearly indicated that a child and youth advocacy centre would be a welcomed addition to the community as it would play a crucial role in meeting the needs of child and youth victims of physical and sexual abuse and their families.  An associated business plan of March, 2017 continues to guide the developmental work of the CYAC.  Several key partners such as the Children’s Aid Society of London-Middlesex, London Police Services, St. Joseph’s Health Care, Southwestern Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre, Strathroy-Caradoc Police Services, Vanier Children’s Services, and Victims Services London-Middlesex continue to meet on an ongoing basis for the purpose of planning and implementing the vision of the CYAC-LM.
District of Nipissing

As the CYAC for the District of Nipissing enters its implementation phase, the overall aims remain: to provide a better response to child/youth victims of crime; prepare better prosecution deliverables; and reduce the cycle of abuse through education, awareness and prevention. To address the unique challenges children/youth face in navigating the Criminal Justice System, our multi- disciplinary team, including law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental and medical health and victim advocacy professionals, will work together to reduce the potential for secondary systemic trauma by decreasing the number of interviews children endure and increasing seamless access to service.

The Windsor Essex Child/Youth Advocacy Centre’s (WECYAC’s) goal is to provide children/youth and their families with a safe and comfortable environment where healing can begin and support services are accessed. We require children/youth to retell/relive their story one time.

WECYAC is committed to providing advocacy to vulnerable children and youth in Windsor and Essex County. We are a partnership among key organizations, community leaders and

WECYAC’s Information for the National CYAC Website – Last Updated January 2018 champions, and government who share a passion for supporting children/youth and families who have been affected by abuse. These partner agencies are:

  • Ontario Provincial Police
  • Windsor Police Services
  • LaSalle Police Services
  • Amherstburg Police Services
  • Windsor Essex Children’s Aid Society
  • Windsor Regional Hospital


Project Lynx works to enhance services for child and youth victims and witnesses of crime by applying national best practices for child advocacy centres to Yukon’s northern context. Project

Lynx is a ”virtual” child and youth advocacy centre coordinated out of Victim Services in Whitehorse; a dedicated, neutral, child-friendly space has not yet been developed. Since January 2014, a multi-disciplinary team of professionals have been working together to provide an integrated service system for child and youth victims and witnesses and their families as they navigate justice processes. This team has coordinated services for young victims and track, monitor and review matters on the basis of best practices for child and youth advocacy centres.

Project Lynx has supported the upgrading of interview spaces and witness rooms in police detachments to be child-friendly and developmentally appropriate, including improvements to video conferencing infrastructure to increase the participation and testimony of child and youth victims and witnesses throughout Yukon communities. The team have developed resources for justice professionals to support work with young victims and witnesses and implemented joint training for participating agencies on legislation related to child testimony in court and skills for working with child witnesses. The Project Lynx Coordinator travels to Yukon communities to collaborate with service providers and coordinate services for child and youth victims of crime.