The Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth (MACY) is an independent office of the Manitoba legislature. That means we are outside the government and are not a part of any government department. The Manitoba Advocate is empowered by legislation to support and advise children, youth, and young adults of their rights and the services which should be available to them.
MACY also has the responsibilities to conduct child-centred research, investigate the serious injuries and deaths of young people, to issue formal recommendations to improve public services, to monitor and report on compliance regarding the implementation of recommendations made by the Manitoba Advocate.
The Manitoba Advocate leads a team who represents the rights, interests, and viewpoints of children, youth, young adults, and their families who are receiving, or are entitled to receive, services in the areas of:
MACY does this through direct advocacy, investigations, research, special reports, formal recommendations, and compliance monitoring with recommended changes.
We amplify the voices and champion the rights of children, youth, and young adults.
A safe and healthy society that hears, includes, values, and protects all children, youth, and young adults.
Our mandate is defined by The Advocate for Children and Youth Act and Regulation(PDF).