UNICEF works in Canada to advance the rights and well-being of all children and youth

UNICEF is the world’s leading organization focused on children. We work in more than 190 countries and territories, including Canada, to defend every child’s right to a childhood. 

In Canada, we advocate for the rights of every child and work to make Canada a great place to grow up.

Child and Youth Well-being in Canada 

Did you know that Canada ranks 30th out of 38 wealthy countries for child and youth well-being? 

  • 20% of children in Canada live in poverty.  
  • 1 in 4 sometimes goes to bed or school hungry.  
  • More than a third of young people experience discrimination.  
  • 1 in 4 children are regularly bullied.  
  • 1 in 5 children has a mental health challenge.  
  • The child homicide rate is one of the highest among wealthy nations. 

Canada’s children are worlds apart from the happiest, healthiest children in rich countries, and worlds apart from each other due to wide inequalities. UNICEF's Report Card found that Canada ranks among the countries with the best economic conditions for growing up, but the poorest outcomes for children and youth. 

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Results For Every Child in Canada

We work directly with children and youth to advocate for policy changes that will improve their lives. Learn more about our work for every child in Canada: