Declaring #codePINK
The impacts of COVID-19 have led to devasting effects on children and youth. Children First Canada and its partners are declaring a #codePINK – a term used for pediatric emergencies. Join our call for immediate action!
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Raising Canada
Raising Canada is an annual report that tracks 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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Lowering the Voting Age
Every citizen has the right to vote, and every voice matters. Youth across the country are joining forces to launch a federal court challenge to lower the voting age in Canada!
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Together, we can make Canada the best place in the world for kids to grow up!©

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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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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2022 Pre-Budget Submissions

As part of the federal government's 2022 Pre-Budget Consultation process, Children First Canada has made a submission that provides a road map to help make Canada the best place in the world for kids to grow up.

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Child advocates welcome federal commitments to make Canada the best place to grow up!

Child advocates welcome federal commitments to make Canada the best place to grow up!  Children First Canada responds to new mandate letters for federal cabinet ministers  Ottawa, December 16, 2021 – Today’s release of mandate letters for federal cabinet ministers included significant commitments to improve the lives of children. Highlights...

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Children First Canada Responds to the Economic and Fiscal Update 2021

Ottawa, December 14, 2021 – Today’s Federal Economic and Fiscal Update provided a snapshot of Canada’s finances, alongside updates on Canada’s COVID-19 efforts and supports for Canadians and businesses.   Of note is the government’s commitment to long-term reform for First Nations child and family services, including the provision of $40 billion in compensation and the...

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1/2 There are 8 million kids in Canada and they all have something in common – their rights! 🇨🇦

Don't miss our special event on Nov 15th to commemorate the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

1/2 This year our #RaisingCanada event will explore how the #COVID19 pandemic has exacerbated the top 10 threats to childhood and had a disproportionate effect on equity-deserving young people.

Celebrating Five Years!

Children First Canada is proud to mark five years of dedicated advocacy for children in Canada.

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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!

Recommendations from Young Canadians

Upcoming Events

Jun. 07

Catalytic Investments in Kids

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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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Advocate for
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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