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8 million Canadians – children and youth under age 18 – do not have a vote in elections and cannot hold their governments accountable for decisions affecting them. 

#VoteforEveryChild gives you the information you need to make the most of your vote on election days: by using your ballot to make the world a better place for kids in Canada and around the world. 

After elections, help make sure elected representatives always Vote for Every Child on the laws they need to secure their rights and well-being. 

Monitor their progress using UNICEF Canada’s Parliamentary Tracker.

Why do children and youth need your vote?

COVID-19 has made childhood even more difficult for kids in Canada and around the world.

Canada ranked 30th out of 38 wealthy countries in child and youth well-being based on data in UNICEF's Report Card 17 just before the outbreak of COVID-19. The pandemic has only heightened concerns about children’s health, development, education, safety, relationships and happiness.

Globally, children’s lives have been upended by COVID-19. The pandemic has already undone 25 years of global health progress, and progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals is slipping backwards.

The pandemic has seen an increase in children who have been left hungry, isolated, abused and anxious.

Everywhere, children missed out on education. Access to protection, health and nutrition services has been severely strained. Progress has gone backward across virtually every key measure of childhood. The signs that children will bear the scars of the pandemic for years to come are unmistakable.

It’s their turn to be our priority.