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The Importance of Child and Youth Well-being

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child affirms that “children should grow up in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding”. When Canadian parents have been asked in international surveys what they want most for their children in life, they largely agree – happiness.

What is the Community Survey?

Measuring and reporting on child and youth well-being has never been more important in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The UNICEF Canada Community Child and Youth Well-being Survey measures the dimensions of life under age 19 that matter for children and youth, aligned with the Canadian Index of Child and Youth Well-being.

The Community Survey was developed for young people with young people. It ran from May to June 2021 in four communities, Waterloo Region, Halton Region, Ottawa and the Tri-County Region of Nova Scotia, with more than 5,000 respondents ages 9 to 18.

Full results will be available early in 2022 to help improve childhoods in every community.

Measuring Child and Youth Well-being

UNICEF Canada presents a five-part series that shares selected findings from the 2021 Community Child and Youth Well-being Surveys to provide a glimpse into the state of child and youth.

We begin by looking at young people’s life satisfaction – a proxy for their overall well-being.

Reporting on Youth and Child Well-being in Canada

How happy are kids in Canada? Find out and discover other insights from the Community Child and Youth Well-being Survey.