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Investigative Reviews

The OCYA is changing how we publicly report investigative reviews when we are notified of the death of a young person involved with the Child Intervention system that meets the criteria for a mandatory review as required by the Child and Youth Advocate Act (CYAA).  The shift in reporting will provide additional transparency and public accountability regarding the investigative reviews we complete and ensure each young person’s circumstance is reflected in a consistent manner.

The OCYA is required to complete two types of investigative reviews with differing completion and publication requirements.  Due to legislative barriers in the CYAA, we can only publish mandatory reports using this process at this time.

The OCYA will publish a mandatory investigative review of each young person’s circumstance on our website, within one year of notification of death.   As required by the CYAA, the Advocate will provide an update to the Legislative Assembly every six months on the progress of the investigative reviews including:

  • the number of completed mandatory reviews of deaths,
  • the number of incomplete mandatory reviews, and,
  • the reasons that any above-mentioned reviews have not been completed within one year.

Each investigative review will include information about the services and supports that the young person received, findings and highlight trends noted in each individual circumstance.

We will review these trends and, on an annual basis, complete a larger public report that explores the theme(s) that have been identified over that year across all the investigative reviews completed and will contain recommendations.


Please use the latest version of your browser or Adobe Acrobat Reader to view reports (download Adobe Acrobat Reader here).


Our investigative review cycle is available here. 

Our recommendations evaluation cycle is available here.


Mandatory Review: 23-Month-Old Katie September 25, 2023
Mandatory Review: 21-Month-Old Ellen September 25, 2023
Mandatory Review: 19-Year-Old Macie September 25, 2023
Mandatory Review: 18-Year-Old Jenika September 25, 2023
Mandatory Review: 18-Year-Old Crystal September 25, 2023
Mandatory Review: 18-Month-Old Gage September 25, 2023
Mandatory Review: 2-Year-Old Hope September 25, 2023
Mandatory Review: 13-Year-Old Montana September 20, 2023
Mandatory Reviews: April 1, 2022 - September 30, 2022
OCYA Summary Report - 10 years of Investigations
Mandatory Reviews: October 1, 2021 - March 31, 2022
Mandatory Reviews: April 1, 2021 - September 30, 2021
Mandatory Reviews: October 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021
Strengthening Foundations: An Investigative Review
Mandatory Reviews: April 1, 2020–September 30, 2020
Mandatory Reviews: October 2019 - March 2020
Mandatory Review: 16-Year-Old Lucas
Mandatory Reviews: April 2019 - September 2019
Mandatory Reviews: October 2018 - March 2019
Mandatory Reviews: April 2018 - September 2018
Investigative Review: 19-Year-Old Dakota_2018October
Investigative Review: 14-Year-Old Lee_2018October
Investigative Review: 17-Year-Old Susan_2018October
Into Focus: Calling Attention to Youth Opioid Use in Alberta
OCYA Investigations: Five Year Summary
Investigative Review: Beyond Trauma_2017November
Investigative Review: 16-Year-Old Dillon_2017November
Investigative Review: 15-Year-Old Jimmy_2017October
Investigative Review: 17-Year-Old Donovan_2017October
Investigative Review: Three Young Children_2017July
Investigative Review: 15 Year-Old Levi_2017May
Investigative Review: 18-Year-Old Peter_2017March
Investigative Review: 19-Year-Old Ernie_2017January
Investigative Review: 9-Month-Old Sharon_2016November
Investigative Review: 4-Year-Old Marie_2016November
Investigative Review: 15-Year-Old Netasinim_2016November
Investigative Review: 17-Year-Old Onessa_2016November
Investigative Review: Toward A Better Tomorrow_2016April
Investigative Review: 10-Month-Old Lily_2016March
Investigative Review: 17-Year-Old Makayla_2015December
Investigative Review: Two-Year-Old Teanna_2015December
Investigative Review: 17-Year-Old Catherine_2015September
Investigative Review: Six-Week-Old Nicole_2015August
Investigative Review: 8-Year-Old Ella_2015August
Investigative Review: 9-Year-Old Bonita_2015May
Investigative Review: 16-Year-Old Sam_2015May
Investigative Review: Baby Sadie_2014 November
Investigative Review: 15-Year-Old Tony_2014 November
Investigative Review: Baby Dawn_2014 August
Investigative Review: Baby Annie_2014 April
Investigative Review: 7-Year-Old Jack_2014 January
Investigative Review: Kamil_2013 November
Investigative Review: Remembering Brian_2013 June