What We Do

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.

Recovering from the Impacts of COVID-19

Raising Canada 2021 is the fourth in an annual series of reports that track the top 10 threats to childhood. This year, the report highlights the impacts of the pandemic and provides policy recommendations for addressing each threat

What’s inside:

  • The latest data on the effects of COVID-19 school closures on kids in Canada

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

  • An analysis of the interconnection between threats

  • Artistic expressions and quotes from children across Canada

  • Recommendations and calls to action for the Government of Canada

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

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

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

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

Calls to Action

The Raising Canada 2021 report is released with joint calls to action from the Council of Champions. Kids are in crisis. It’s time to put #ChildrenAtTheHeart of Canada’s COVID-19 recovery plans.

Presenting Partner

TD Ready Commitment
Take Care

Take Action!

Help spread the word about the top 10 threats to childhood and the impacts of COVID-19. Don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered. Check out our social media toolkit for tips on how you can raise awareness.

Get the Facts

Did you know that almost one in five children lives in poverty? Check out our infographic for more statistics about the top 10 threats facing kids and the impacts of COVID-19.

Upcoming Events

Nov. 04

Young Canadians’ Parliament 23/24

Nov. 20

National Child Day 2023


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