Raising Canada

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.

In a current report prepared for Children First Canada by the O’Brien Institute for Public Health, there are deeply worrisome trends that require immediate action.

While Canada is the 8th most prosperous country in the world, we are ranked 25th out of 41 affluent nations for our children’s wellbeing according to UNICEF, and we drop to the bottom ranks for key measures on children’s health and safety as well as child poverty.

RAISING CANADA is more than a phrase. It is about ensuring that we invest in our children right now. Today, there are nearly eight million kids in Canada and they each deserve better.

November 20th, 2018: A new report entitled Economic commentary on Raising Canada: A case for investing in children is now available.

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we're having an impact!

Children First Canada has a bold and ambitious vision that together we can make Canada the best place in the world for kids to grow up. We are a strong, effective and independent voice for all of Canada's children.

We are harnessing the strength of many organizations that are committed to improving the lives of Canada's children, including children's charities and hospitals, research centres, government, corporations, community leaders, and children themselves. 

Check out our Annual Impact Report to see the difference we're making in the lives of kids from coast to coast to coast. 


The Canadian children's charter

We launched an exciting project to invite children and youth across the country to help create the Canadian Children's Charter - the vision and roadmap to make Canada the best place in the world for kids to grow up! Over the past several months, hundreds of children and youth across Canada shared their input through a survey, focus groups, online forums, and the National Summit in Ottawa on November 20-22, 2017. 

The Canadian Children’s Charter is now available! View or download by pressing the buttons below.

Donate today and together we can make Canada the best place to grow up!

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.

With your support, together we can make Canada the best place in the world for kids to grow up!