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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. Canada ranks 30th out of 38 affluent nations for protecting the well-being of children, according to UNICEF – a significant drop from 12th place in 2007. As a country, we have been going in the wrong direction for far too long.

Ringing the alarm for children in Canada

Raising Canada 2020 is the third in an annual series of reports that track the top 10 threats to childhood. The 2020 report highlights the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on children and their families.

What’s inside:

  • A special section on children’s health and well-being during COVID-19

  • Recent mental health data from Statistics Canada

  • A child rights framework applied to each of the top 10 threats

  • Personal quotes and stories about the experiences of young Canadians

  • New threats to children’s health, including the impact of climate change, the closure of schools and lack of access to essential services

Click here for previous reports.

Event Speakers

Naki Osutei

Associate Vice-President, Social Impact (Canada), TD Bank

Opening Remarks

Rhiannon Rosalind

President and CEO, The Economic Club of Canada, Founder of The Jr. Economic Club of Canada, CEO & Co-Founder of The Global Institute for Conscious Economics (GICE), and Member of the Council of Champions at Children First Canada


Lynn Barr-Telford

Assistant Chief Statistician of the Social, Health and Labour Statistics Field at Statistics Canada

Sara Austin

Founder and CEO of Children First Canada

Thalia Bueno

Youth Advisory Council Member, Children First Canada

Dr. Joanna Henderson

Director, Margaret and Wallace McCain Centre for Child, Youth & Family Mental Health, CAMH

André Picard

Health reporter and columnist for The Globe and Mail


Michelle Mobarrez

District Vice President, Calgary Central, TD

Opening Remarks

Alana Riley

Senior Vice-President, IG Wealth Management

Dr. Susanne Benseler

Director, Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, Professor, Department of Paediatrics, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Husky Energy Chair in Child and Maternal Health, and Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation Chair in Pediatric Research

Sara Austin

Founder and CEO of Children First Canada

Kiran Layal

Director of Brand Management, SureCall

Azaad Gill

Youth Panelist

Kluane Adamek

Yukon Regional Chief, Assembly of First Nations

Presenting Partner

Take Action!

Collectively, Canadians have the power to influence government decisions and improve the lives of children. Sign the Raising Canada Call to Action to urge the federal government to tackle the top 10 threats to childhood and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on children. Together, we can make Canada the best place in the world for kids to grow up.©

Upcoming Events

Oct. 06

Raising Canada 2021


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Turning Up the Volume

The Raising Canada 2020 report revealed that the top 10 threats to childhood are increasing – or are in danger of increasing – due to the impact of COVID-19. Sara Austin, CFC’s founder and CEO, explains why the time to act is now.

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