A nation is measured based on how it treats its children. 

Canada is one of the best countries in the world in which to grow up.
Kids who live in Canada have won the lottery.
Canada takes good care of our youth.

These are great statements and most people believe them, but sadly they are not always true.  

While Canada is the 5th most prosperous country in the world, we are ranked 17th out of 29 affluent nations for our children’s wellbeing, and we drop to the bottom ranks for key measures on children’s health and safety, as well as child poverty.

The truth is, the kids are not alright, and it's time for Canada to measure up!

It is not enough to say that children are our future. Those words mean nothing unless backed up by concrete actions to invest in children right now. Today, there are more than six million children in Canada, and all of them matter.


Raise your hand and raise your voice for Canada's kids. Every child deserves a champion, and that’s why the Government of Canada needs to establish a federal Commissioner for Children and Youth – an independent official to promote the best interests of children. By holding the government accountable, and speaking with or on behalf of children, the newly appointed Commissioner would collaborate with and complement the work of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council and other measures that exist to improve the lives of young people.

Children’s Commissioners have been established in more than 60 countries including Sweden, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. It’s a proven strategy to improve results for children.

#RaiseYourHand4Kids and ask the Government of Canada to keep their promise to Canada’s kids and appoint a federal Commissioner for Children and Youth. 

  • Send a letter to the Prime Minister and your Member of Parliament asking them to #RaiseYourHand4Kids and appoint a federal Commissioner for Children and Youth. 
  • Share a photo of your handprint with your name and age on social media with the hashtag #RaiseYourHand4Kids and tag @JustinTrudeau.  
  • Post on your social media accounts using the #RaiseYourHand4Kids hashtag. 
  • Share your own #RaiseYourHand4Kids posts with the hashtag, such as sharing photos with your handprint or of you and friends/colleagues raising your hands.

Download the #RaiseYourHand4Kids toolkit for more information.


About Children First Canada

Children First Canada has a bold and ambitious vision to make Canada a world-leading country where all of our children thrive. By harnessing the strength of the many organizations committed to improving the lives of Canada's children, we will take the lead in building public awareness and promoting public policies that ensure our children's wellbeing.

We are a strong, effective and independent voice for all children  working to change attitudes, perceptions and outcomes and ensure every child in Canada has the means to reach their greatest potential.

This goal cannot be achieved without the support of dedicated partners such as children's charities and hospitals, research centres, corporations, community leaders, and children themselves. 

Please join us! Together we can make Canada the best place in the world for our children to grow up. 


A Landmark Report On The State Of Canada's Children

Children First Canada undertook a national study on the state of childhood in Canada in partnership with the Angus Reid Institute, and with the support of many of our partners. We surveyed adults as well as children, to better understand the current challenges facing kids and to gauge public support for action. This report paints a starling picture of the harsh realities that our children face, and busts several myths about what it is like to grow up in Canada.


Donate today and give the gift of empowerment

Why not invest in kids and give the gift of empowerment? 

DONATE TODAY to Children First Canada! Your donation will be used to support programs to improve the lives of all of Canada’s kids! Our programs support training and mentoring for children and youth to be agents of change in their communities and at the national level, research and awareness raising, and advocacy work that will result in measurable gains that improve the lives of our children.