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UNICEF tracks the health and well-being of all the world’s children. Produced with the best data available, UNICEF’s reports are the reference point for journalists, researchers, policy-makers and advocates everywhere.

Tracking Progress for Children and Youth

REPORT CARD 16 (2020): WORLDS APART

UNICEF's report on the overall state of child and youth well-being in high-income countries.

For an in-depth look at Canada’s performance, read Worlds Apart: Canadian Companion to Report Card 16

FAMILY-FRIENDLY POLICIES IN RICH COUNTRIES (2019): HOW CANADA COMPARES

View UNICEF Canada's report on how Canada ranks on family-friendly policies: maternity leave, paternity leave, breastfeeding, and early childhood education and care. 

REPORT CARD 15 (2018): THE EQUALIZER

View UNICEF's report on the equality of Canada’s education from preschool to high school, and how to protect and grow the equalizing power of Canada’s public schools for every child. 

REPORT CARD 14 (2017): BUILDING THE FUTURE

View UNICEF's report on the status of children in the world’s richest countries in relation to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. 

For an in-depth look at Canada’s performance, click here or read The Youth Perspective.

Visit the UNICEF Global Office of Research-Innocenti for more data and evidence in support of every child’s right to a childhood.

It’s Difficult to Grow Up in an Apocalypse

Children's and adolescents' experiences, perceptions and opinions on the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada

According to children and youth in Canada, what were the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and how were they experienced by diverse young people? Most studies of the pandemic have lacked a broad exploration of these impacts from young people's priorities and perspectives. The report offers new insights and recommendations for governments and services providers across levels and sectors. IT’S DIFFICULT TO GROW UP IN AN APOCALYPSE (2022): CHILDREN'S AND ADOLESCENTS' EXPERIENCES, PERCEPTIONS AND OPINIONS ON THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN CANADA.

How can Canada improve public policies for child and youth well-being? READ UNICEF CANADA’S POLICY BRIEFS