You can help make Canada the best country in the world for children and youth. No matter how big or small, every action counts. The actions below were designed with the community in mind. Choose an action from our list or make your own.
We’re aiming for #8MillionActions, – one for every young person in Canada, by World Children’s Day on November 20, 2018.
Don’t forget to tell us about it! Share what you’re doing using #8MillionActions.
Create Child-Centred Policies
Make a clear commitment to children by placing them at the heart of your organization’s policies.
Challenge Your Community
Choose an indicator from our Report Card and challenge your community to achieve better outcomes for kids than the national average.
Learn about Foresight
Learn more about how Foresight can help your organization improve child and youth well-being. Click here.
Provide Opportunities for Youth
Encourage youth leadership roles in your organization.
Share Your Commitments
Tell us how your organization is supporting child rights and child and youth well-being in Canada using #8MillionActions online.
Take your first action by signing the Commitment to make Canada the best place in the world to grow up. We need all Canadians to help us reach #8MillionActions, one for every young person in Canada, by World Children’s Day on November 20, 2018. Then, share what you’re doing using #8MillionActions and see the power of all Canadians coming together for kids.
Promote Sustainable Commuting
Offer incentives to employees who use public transport to get to work.
Design a Solution
Use our Youth-Centred Design Toolkit to design services and programs that put children and youth first.
Invite a young person into your meetings and get their perspective.
Host Your Own Fundraiser
Create your organization’s very own fundraising page to help support children in Canada and around the world. Click here.
Engage Your Local MP/MPP
Invite them to discuss the challenges facing children in your community. Click here to find your MP/MPP.
I was thrilled to participate and I think this initiative is important because it can help young people learn about how government impacts their day-to-day life, and how they can participate in the political process. I was impressed with the excellent questions the students asked me. They showed that they have been following the news and have developed their own views about current events.
Geoff Regan, MP for Halifax West
Acknowledge Your Traditional Territory
Recognize the traditional territory you’re on at meetings, events and gatherings. Click here.
Educate Others on the CRC
Organize an information session on the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Offer Incentives for Volunteering
Encourage employees to volunteer to mentor and support children and youth.
Spread the Word on Social
Use social media to raise awareness of issues affecting young people in Canada. Share it using #8MillionActions
Host a Sports Tournament
Promote active living and cooperation with a local sports tournament.
Maybe Canada needs to listen to its youth because I am sure that we will speak up if the right care is shown.
Anonymous 16-year-old youth
Host a Community Cleanup
Spend a day cleaning up your local parks and streets.
Donate to UNICEF Canada and help support children in Canada and around the world.
See how your organization can help advance the process of reconciliation with Indigenous communities. Click here.
Organize a Volunteer Day
Start a day of service for employees to give back to children’s causes.
Host a Workshop on Canada’s Report Card
Organize an information session on where Canada ranks on child and youth well-being and encourage others to take action on lagging indicators. Click here for our Report Card.
Canada ranks 33rd out of 41 rich countries in teen suicide.
Organize a Blanket Exercise
Learn about Indigenous history through this role-playing exercise. Click here.
Host a Guest Speaker
Invite a youth or expert to share their experience on child and youth well-being in Canada.
Join Kids’ Takeover Day
Allow a child or youth to take over your organization on November 20. Details to come. See what happened last year!
Install a Book- Sharing Box
Encourage reading and sharing by creating a free mini library in your organization.
Submit Your Own Action
Have an action that we didn’t think of? Share it using #8MillionActions.