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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Raising Canada 2021


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Hockey Coach Runs Marathon for Kids in Crisis

When Wes Wolfe heard about the crisis facing kids through Children First Canada’s (CFC) #codePINK campaign, he wanted to do something about it. Based in Ontario, the head coach of the Cobourg Cougars set out to run a full marathon (42.2 K) to promote the rights and well-being of kids...

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In the Media


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Hockey Coach Runs Marathon for Kids in Crisis

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