>> Read the Canadian Children's Charter Draft composed by children and youth at the National Children's Summit, November 20-22, 2017.

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. Children First Canada undertook a landmark national study on the state of childhood in Canada, and the results reveal that the Kids are Not Alright and its time for Canada to measure up! We surveyed adults and children, to understand the current challenges facing kids and to gauge public support for action. The 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. 

While Canada is the 5th 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.

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 six million kids in Canada, and they each deserve better.

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Children First Canada is a national movement to make Canada the best place in the world for kids to grow up. 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. 

We are a strong, effective and independent voice for all of Canada's children, with a bold and ambitious mission to make Canada a world-leading country where all of our kids can thrive!

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. 

Read more about the Canadian Children's Charter and how you can be a part of this groundbreaking opportunity to improve the lives of all of Canada's children! 

Every child deserves a champion!

Every child deserves a champion, and that’s why the Government of Canada needs to keep its promise to establish a federal Commissioner for Children and Youth. The role of the Commissioner is to promote the best interests of children, hold the government accountable, and speak with or on behalf of children. 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 its promise to kids and appoint a Commissioner for Children and Youth:

  • Send a letter to the Prime Minister and your Member of Parliament asking them to #RaiseYourHand4Kids and appoint a 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.

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!