As Canadians we pride ourselves on our commitment to inclusion and diversity. Yet, when it comes to disabilities, this pride doesn't match reality. Put simply – rather than inclusion, the every day experience of many Canadians with disabilities is stigma, prejudice, and even fear.Read More
Today, there are six million kids in Canada. While many of them are doing just fine, far too many of them are struggling. Canadians like to think of our country as being one of the best places in the world to raise a child, yet that simply isn't true. In a poll conducted by Children First Canada and the Angus Reid Institute, the majority of Canadians ranked this as being a top five or top 10 country for the wellbeing of children, when in fact we rank in 25th place out of 41 nations according to UNICEF's global index.
Ottawa should name a children’s advocate: Toronto Star Editorial
The Trudeau Liberals promised to name a children’s advocate. They should deliver on their commitment to make sure children are top of mind.Read More
TORONTO, February 23, 2017 – A new non-profit, Children First Canada, is urging the federal government to appoint a Commissioner for Children and Youth to help drive measurable change on critical issues, including children’s health and safety, and reducing child poverty in CanadaRead More
Jordan Press, The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, February 22, 2017 7:52AM EST
OTTAWA -- The Liberals are facing calls to follow through on a campaign pledge to create a federal children's commissioner who would be a non-partisan voice to ensure government policy actually improves the lives of young people.Read More
The Youth Ambassadors have submitted recommendations to Minister of Finance, the Hon. Bill Morneau, through the Student Budget Consultation process. They are calling for urgent action to invest in kids!Read More
Children First Canada founder Sara L. Austin has been recognized as a 2016 Women’s Executive Network (WXN) Top 100 award winner for the third year in a row. The Top 100 Award recognizes women who have made strong contributions to their organizations, their fields of endeavour and their communities.
Sara was chosen as a winner of the KPMG Professionals Award for her accomplishments as a passionate champion for women and children, and as an established senior leader with nearly 20 years of experience in the non-profit/charitable sector.Read More
Canada is one of the best countries 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. Sadly, they're not always true.Read More
Children First Canada launches with Lisa LaFlamme, Chief Anchor, CTV National News; Katie Taylor, Chair, RBC and Sick Kids Foundation; Hannah Alper, youth Ambassador, Children First Canada; Sara Austin, Founder, Children First Canada; Sam Yacob, youth ambassador, Children First Canada; Rhiannon Traill, President, Economic Club of CanadaRead More
Dean Recksiedler - News 1130, Vancouver
Your child's mental health may be bigger concern than you realize and a new survey from the Angus Reid Institute suggests Canadians believe we need to do more to help our kids.Read More
Jeff Lagerquist , CTVNews.ca
Canada is the fifth most prosperous nation in the world but its youngest citizens are behind their global peers when it comes to poverty, exercise, infant mortality and several other key measures, according to a new report.Read More
Hailey Eisen, Women of Influence
Canada is the 5th most prosperous nation, so why is it ranked 17th for children’s wellbeing and 27th for child health and safety? A group of influencers are teaming up through a new non-profit, Children First Canada, not just to answer that question, but to mobilize Canadians to improve the lives of children.