UNICEF’s POLICY AND ADVOCACY WORK IN CANADA
UNICEF Canada works apolitically to advance children’s rights and well-being. We work with all levels of government, a range of organizations, young people and other influencers and champions to promote public policy that protects every child’s right to a childhood.
UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advance the human rights of children as enduring ethical principles and standards, and to ensure a “first call for children” in their societies. The Convention on the Rights of the Child provides a comprehensive framework of the conditions children need for a good childhood. The Convention also outlines the obligations that governments have to fulfil. Using the Convention as a guide to develop policies, laws, programs, services, administrative procedures and other decisions and actions leads to better outcomes for children.
BETTER PUBLIC POLICIES FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH
What policies would move the needle toward fulfilling the right to a childhood for every child in Canada? Many efforts are needed, from better breastfeeding support to more free play.
UNICEF Canada is advancing policies that help governments make children visible and give them higher priority. We drive policies that will do the most to get every child off to the best start in life, and provide every youth with opportunities to reach their full potential.
UNICEF Programs in Canada
WHO/UNICEF BABY-FRIENDLY INITIATIVE
UNICEF facilitates the international Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative to support breastfeeding in Canada and worldwide.LEARN MORE
UNICEF CHILD FRIENDLY CITIES
More than half of Quebec’s children live in a Child Friendly City.LEARN MORE
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Campaign for Kids
Ask your political representatives to Vote For Every Child, every day, in Parliament and legislatures and in elections.TAKE ACTION
Access resources for rights
These resources support young people and their advocates and decision-makers to know and secure their universal human rights.
- Poster: The Convention on the Rights of the Child in child-friendly language
- The Child-Friendly Children’s Rights Poster Guide and Activity Poster
- The Child-Friendly Children’s Rights Booklet (Accessible)
- The Children’s Rights video
Sign up to receive UNICEF Canada’s youth advocacy newsletter, along with regular updates on how you can join us to achieve results for every child.
Selected UNICEF Canada Policy Briefs
- UNICEF Canada Bill C-35: An Act Respecting Early Learning and Childcare in Canada
- UNICEF Canada Policy Brief: Canada Child Benefit Supplement
- UNICEF Canada Policy Brief: Parental Leave Reform
- Children’s Health Study (HESA Committee) Submission
- 2023 Federal Pre-Budget Consultation Submission
- Protecting Children’s Rights and Online Safety
- Child Engagement on 5th/6th Review of Canada’s Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
- Acting In The Best Interest Of The Child When Families Separate And Divorce
- Without denial, delay, or disruption: Ensuring First Nations children's access to equitable services through Jordan's Principle
- UN Review of Child Rights in Canada: CCRC Child Engagement Report
- UNICEF Canada submission on Bill C-27 (Digital Charter)