Advancing Public Policy‎ For Every Child in Canada

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.

UNICEF CHILD FRIENDLY CITIES

More than half of Quebec’s children live in a Child Friendly City.

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.

Selected UNICEF Canada Policy Briefs 

  1. Marketing To Children On Unhealthy Food And Drink Brief
  2. UNICEF Canada Policy Brief: Canada Child Benefit Supplement
  3. UNICEF Canada Research Brief: Parental Leave Reform
  4. UNICEF Canada Policy Brief: Parental Leave Reform
  5. UNICEF Canada Policy Brief: Bill C-273
  6. Health Canada UNICEF Canada response to consultation on the Regulatory Modernization of Foods for Special Dietary Use and Infant Foods
  7. UNICEF Canada submission on Bill C-252: An act to amend the food and drugs act
  8. UNICEF Canada Bill C-35: An Act Respecting Early Learning and Childcare in Canada
  9. UNICEF Canada submission on Bill C-27 (Digital Charter)
  10. Children’s Health Study (HESA Committee) Submission
  11. Submission for Statistics Canada Review of the Market Basket Measure
  12. 2024 Federal Pre-Budget Consultation Submission
  13. Protecting Children’s Rights and Online Safety
  14. Child Engagement on 5th/6th Review of Canada’s Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
  15. Acting In The Best Interest Of The Child When Families Separate And Divorce 
  16. Without denial, delay, or disruption: Ensuring First Nations children's access to equitable services through Jordan's Principle 
  17. UN Review of Child Rights in Canada: CCRC Child Engagement Report