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WHAT IS THE CANADIAN INDEX OF CHILD AND YOUTH WELL-BEING?

A FRAMEWORK TO:

COMMUNICATE TO CANADIANS WHAT CANADA IS LIKE FOR KIDS FROM BIRTH TO AGE 18

TRACK PROGRESS FOR THEIR RIGHTS AND WELL-BEING 

GUIDE ACTION TO ADDRESS THE GREATEST CHALLENGES

Together as Canada, we can foster a society where all children belong and are supported.

Harnoor, age 17

Where does canada stand?

  • Only 55% of children in Canada report a high level of life satisfaction
  • 27% report feeling sad or hopeless for long periods of time
  • 1 in 3 reporting weekly symptoms linked to mental distress, including headaches and stomach aches
  • 1 in 4 young people sometimes goes to bed or school hungry
  • More than a third of young people experience discrimination
  • 27% are often bullied and 28% get in fights
  • 17% feel time pressure and a quarter say they are overwhelmed with school work

8 ways you can use the Canadian Index of Child and Youth Well-being:

  1. Understand what life is like for children and youth in Canada.
  2. Share what stands out to you with your networks and include our tags: #OurBigSelfie and @OneYouthCanada
  3. Develop better data for and with children.
  4. Set bolder goals and benchmarks for community, regional and national progress for children.
  5. Advocate for children – influence decision-makers to make Canada among the best places to grow up.
  6. Design solutions - policies, investments, programs and practices that address our greatest challenges - and measure their impacts.
  7. Track progress toward commitments including the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
  8. Do all of this with children and youth.

*Your year of birth helps us tailor and prioritize youth specific activities and communications. All personal data is private and confidential.