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.

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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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Young Canadians’ Parliament 23/24

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National Child Day 2023


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The Warning Signs of Child Abuse

Did you know that two-third of Canadian adults report experiencing some form of child abuse before the age of 15? Every child deserves to be protected from all forms of violence and to grow up in a safe and nurturing home.

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In the Media


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