Canadian Equal Parenting Council

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Canadian Equal Parenting Council
MottoKids Need Both Parents!
FoundersDan Carroll, Gene Colman, Maureen Geddes, Bob McGuire, David Shackleton
Typenot-for-profit organization
Key people
Glenn Cheriton, president

The Canadian Equal Parenting Council (CEPC, Conseil Canadien Pour Le Rôle Parental Égal) is a nonprofit organization that promotes shared parenting and the belief that children have the need and right to have both parents present in their life. The organization does public education on the benefits of shared parenting and works to change family law in Canada to establish a rebuttable presumption for shared parenting as being in the best interest of children.

History and organization[edit]

The Canadian Equal Parenting Council is a national federation of about 40 nonprofit organization working for the right of children to have both parents present in their daily life. The combined membership of the affiliated organizations is approximately 10,000.[1] The organization was founded in 2002 and incorporated in 2004.[2] The president of the organization is Glenn Cheriton.[3] Past presidents include Maureen Geddes[2], Bob McGuire[2], Kristin Titus[4], George W. Piskor[4] and Paulette MacDonald [5][6].

Family law reform[edit]

The organization has lobbied for equal parenting bills in Canada. In 2018, they submitted joint testimony on the C-78 bill to amend the Divorce Act, together with Action des nouvelles conjointes et des nouveaux conjoints du Québec, Canadian Association for Equality, Lawyers for Shared Parenting, Leading Women for Shared Parenting (Canada) and REAL Women of Canada, with their main recommendation being that the bill should adopt a rebuttable presumption of equal shared parenting as being in the best interest of the child.[7].

Public Education[edit]

The organization provides ongoing education about equal shared parenting and the scientific research on different forms of child custody arrangements. This is done through workshops[5], conference presentations[4][8][9], testimonies[3] and newspaper op-eds[10].


The organization has been mentioned in national and local media, such as for example the Toronto Star,[10][11][12] the National Post,[13][14][15][16][17], the Portage La Prairie Central Plains Herald Leader,[18] the Laval News,[19] Le Journal de Montréal,[20] the Yellowknifer,[21][22] Everyman,[23][24] the Winnipeg Free Press,[25] the Barrie Advance,[26][27] the Alliston Herald,[28] the Ottawa Citizen,[29] The Telegraph-Journal,[30] Postmedia News,[31] the Windsor Star,[32][33] the Star Tribune,[34] Oshawa This Week,[35] The Globe and Mail,[36] and the Calgary Herald.[37]


  1. Canadian Equal Parenting Council, About
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Canadian Equal Parenting Council, About Us
  3. 3.0 3.1 Parliament of Canada, House of Commons, Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights (JUST), Meeting 119, November 19, 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Parental Alienation (Canada), The Canadian Equal Parenting Council Recognizes Parental Alienation, April 25, 2009.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Canada Court Watch, Canadian Equal Parenting Council Hosts Workshops on Why the ‘Status Quo Has to Go’, 2012
  6. Robert Franklin, Canadian Equal Parenting Council Explains Why the ‘Status Quo Has to Go’, National Parents Organization, June 20, 2012.
  7. Submission to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights: Re: Bill C-78, (An Act to Amend the Divorce Act,et al)
  8. Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, AFCC 56th Annual Conference Program, 2019.
  9. Glenn Cheriton, Report from Glenn Cheriton Re 2nd International Conference on Shared Parenting, December 17, 2015.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Glenn Chariton, Bill favoring ‘equal time’ for parents in divorce deserves support, The Star, March 19, 2014.
  11. Susan Pigg, Rethinking custody putting children first, Toronto Star, October 4, 2009.
  12. George Piskor, Kris Titus, There're angry women, too, Toronto Star, January 10, 2019.
  13. Barbara Kay, Give fathers their rights back, National Post, September 22, 2010
  14. Marty McKay, Lawyers gum up custody process, National Post, March 25, 2010.
  15. Tom Blackwell, Put limits on custody complaints, group urges; Assessments, National Post, March 22, 2010.
  16. Ryan Glass, Fixing Canada's Divorce Act,Fixing Canada's Divorce Act, National Post, March 3, 2014.
  17. Barbara Kay, Keeping both parents in the picture, National Post, April 30, 2014.
  18. Jill Ellis, After separation, dads fight to see their kids, the Portage La Prairie Central Plains Herald Leader, June 11, 2011.
  19. Martin C. Barry, Private bill for ‘equal parenting’ goes on Parliament’s order, Laval News, July 15 , 2009.
  20. Après un divorce ou une séparation, bien des papas doivent se battre pour voir leurs enfants, Le Journal de Montréal, June 17, 2011.
  21. Daniel Campbell, Parenting petition nets 900 names, Yellowknifer, May 2, 2011.
  22. Elizabeth McMillan, Resident complains Divorce Act unfair to children: MP says he'll consider drafting a motion in the House of Commons, Yellowknifer, July 9, 2010.
  23. David Shackleton, CEPC Update, Everyman, April/June, 2005.
  24. Maureen Geddes, Male depression: a sign of hope, Everyman, July/September, 2005.
  25. Dolores Belot, Mixed message on pilot project, Winnipeg Free Press, November 26, 2018.
  26. Paulette MacDonald, Fighting for equality, Barrie Advance, January 6, 2012.
  27. Jim Dawes, Divorce system does need change, Barrie Advance, January 12, 2012.
  28. Paulette MacDonald, Children deserve the love of both parents, Alliston Herald, February 14, 2012.
  29. Glenn Cheriton, Family court dysfunctional, Ottawa Citizen, January 16, 2012.
  30. Jody Nabuurs, Hoyt becomes first Alliance party candidate, The Telegraph-Journal, June 25, 2010.
  31. Postmedia Breaking News, Calgarian who founded shelter for male victims of domestic abuse mourned, Postmedia News, April 28, 2013.
  32. Trevor Wilhelm, Ruling may add to family conflict: SCOC child support decision likely to increase animosity between divorced parents, Windsor Star, August 1, 2006.
  33. Editorial, Child support: Simplify the system, Windsor Star, August 3, 2006.
  34. Gail Rosenblum, Divorced dads get a big gift from a group of fired-up moms, Star Tribune, June 9, 2013.
  35. Paulette MacDonald, Family law system broken, Oshawa This Week, March 18, 2013.
  36. Kirk Makin, Gender bias evident in parental alienation cases; Mothers are more likely to be the parent behind children's estrangement, yet fathers more often ordered into counseling, study finds, The Globe and Mail, March 28, 2009.
  37. Amanda Stephenson, Men's rights supporters mourn loss of advocate, The Calgary Herald, April 29, 2013.

External links[edit]

See also[edit]

  • Canadian Children's Rights Council
  • Child custody
  • Shared parenting

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