What We Do

COVID-19: Lifting the Burden on Kids

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a disproportionate burden on children and youth. School closures have led to poor mental health, learning loss and vulnerability to abuse. From the onset of the pandemic, Children First Canada has led a coordinated national response to mitigate the impact on children. Every day matters. Kids can’t afford to wait.

Read more about the impact of COVID-19 on children in Canada and the recommendations from our Council of Champions to the federal, provincial and municipal governments.

First Nations Resources

Access fun activities for kids, a youth toolkit, videos and more!

Take Action!

One in three children in Canada do not enjoy a safe and healthy childhood – and the impacts of COVID-19 have made things worse. We’re urging the federal government to invest in the lives of children and protect their rights. Sign our Call to Action now!

Kids are in crisis

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!

Free Children's Book

Need help explaining COVID-19 to your kids? Download a digital or audio version of this free book for primary school children.

Click here to get it on Audible.

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The Clock is Ticking: The Child Mental Health Crisis Rages on While Parliament Breaks for the Summer and an Election Looms

Ottawa, June 29, 2021 – Canada’s top advocates and experts united to declare a #codePINK (a term used for pediatric emergencies) and called on federal and provincial leaders for an emergency response to address the crisis affecting children’s mental and physical health. Forty days later, they are still waiting for...

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Ontario’s decision not to reopen schools is a colossal failure and falsely pits children against the economy

Toronto, June 2, 2021 – The Ontario government announced today that students will not return to in-class learning before September, meanwhile plans to reopen the economy – including non-essential businesses – are still underway. Children First Canada calls upon the Ontario government to make children and youth a priority and...

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