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Children First Canada is a national charitable organization that serves as a strong, effective and independent voice for all 8 million children in Canada.

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Top 10 Threats to childhood in Canada

Raising Canada

Launched in 2018, Raising Canada is an annual series of reports that track the top 10 threats to childhood. The report sheds light on the reality that one-third of kids in Canada do not enjoy a safe and healthy childhood. For more than a decade, the state of childhood in Canada has been on the decline.

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"We know the system is failing far too many Canadians right across the country. We will be there to ensure there are significant improvements." @JustinTrudeau @OurCommons
Kids in #Canada need leadership, a strategy, ...and investments to save their lives. #thekidsarenotalright

"At Sainte-Justine Hospital in Montreal, at the Centre mère-enfant Soleil in Quebec City...the crisis is reaching unprecedented levels. Our public system needs help. There is nothing scarier for a parent than having a ...sick child." @alexboulerice @OurCommons #ChildrenFirst

"Of the children waiting for surgeries, 50% are waiting longer than is medically recommended — that compares to a pre‑pandemic number of 35%. One leader told me that this is probably one of the worst in the ...industrial world and called it embarrassing." @SenMoodie #ChildrenFirst

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Child Rights Video Contest

Speak up for your rights! You have the chance to be featured across Canada.  Submit a video to our Child Rights Video Contest.

Advocate for Kids

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Children and Youth

We are urging the federal government to address the top 10 threats to childhood in Canada. Join us in Raising Canada!

YCP Youth Report and Recommendations

Recommendations from Young Canadians

Upcoming Events

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National Child Day 2022

Oct. 06

Raising Canada 2022

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Join the Movement!

The Young Canadians’ Parliament (YCP) is a growing movement of children and youth who are speaking up for their rights – and sharing their views with parliamentarians. Young people across Canada are uniting as one voice so they can be heard at the highest levels of government.

We’re stronger together. We need your voice!

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Children and Youth

Kids represent 25% of the population and 100% of our future, yet they cannot vote. We are urging the federal government to address the top 10 threats to childhood in Canada. Join us in Raising Canada!

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