What We Do

The Kids Are Not Alright

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 youth. Sadly, these statements are not always true.

In 2016, Children First Canada was ready to publicly bust the myths about the state of childhood in Canada. In conjunction with the Angus Reid Institute and Economic Club of Canada, we released our landmark report, The Kids Are Not Alright. The national study revealed alarming statistics affecting a large portion of Canada’s youngest citizens – warning Canadians that it’s time to measure up.

This marked our first public campaign to bring awareness and support to the issues facing Canadian children. Under the umbrella of Children First Canada, we harnessed the strength of many individuals and organizations that shared a common commitment to improving the lives of children.

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.©

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How Climate Change Affects Children

Canada produces three to four times as much greenhouse gas emissions per capita compared with the global average. While you probably already know some information about climate change, you may not know how climate change is related to children’s rights. Climate change is an issue that poses a threat to...


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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In the Media


How Climate Change Affects Children

Children First Canada Responds to Budget 2022: COVID-19 recovery plan for kids is missing

CTV Calgary: Interview with Sara Austin

New Survey Reveals Majority of Canadians want Government to Prioritize Spending on Children