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Recent Polls

We have been asking U-Reporters for their perspectives and opinions on various issues. Here are some of the results from the most recent polls.

Newcomer and Immigration

This poll was created to understand young people’s views on immigration here in Canada. Young people had many ideas about why people immigrate to Canada. Most common was to be safe, and for a better life. Respondents mentioned many times that there should be more English classes for immigrants, but also mentioned the need for more programs and better supports all around.

These results will be used to advocate for the needs of young people across Canada.

Child Rights

We ran this poll to compare results from last year to this year, and see if young people were any more aware of their rights since 2018.

These results will be used to advocate for the needs of young people and help ensure that all young people in Canada are aware of their unique rights.

Federal Election

We created this poll to better understand young people’s perspectives on the 2019 federal election. Questions from this poll were developed based on a poll we had also asked adult Canadians.

These results will be used to amplify youth voice about our current government with our policy and decision makers.

Then, we created this poll to understand how young people feel about the results of the 2019 federal election.

These results will be used to amplify youth voice about our current government with our policy and decision makers.

This is Canada

This poll was created in collaboration with The Student's Commission of Canada to gather youth knowledge on the history of Canada. Young people feel that things such as Indigenous history, Asian Canadian history, LGBTQ2S+ history and Black history are all missing from what they have learned about Canada's history.

These results will be used to amplify youth voice about Canada's current history curricula with decision and policy makers through our partners.

Gender Equality

This poll was created in collaboration with the Student's Commission of Canada.  It was created to understand how gender equality impacts young people's every day lives. Young people noted sexual harassment, work/careers, and pay as a few of the ways that they feel the effects of gender.

These results will be used to amplify youth voice about gender equality with decision and policy makers.

EDUCATION

This poll was created to help understand how young people feel about the current education system, and their opinions surrounding policy issues related to education in Canada. We saw that young people really want to learn more life skills in school, especially how to “adult”. 

The results from this poll will be used to amplify youth voice around policy issues related to education in Canada.

Employment

Young people in Alberta and Ontario get paid a student minimum wage when they are under the age of 18. In Ontario it is ¢.75 less and in Alberta it is $2 less than general minimum wage. We asked U-Reporters what they think about getting paid less, how prepared they are to find employment, and how easy it is to find employment as a young person.

These results will be used to elevate youth voice and priorities in our advocacy work with decision-makers. Young people have the right to fair employment conditions, including equal wages.

UNPLUG TO CONNECT

Unplug to Connect happened on June 7th. It is a day organized by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada to invite you to unplug from devices and connect with people around you, but you can do that any time, too. UNICEF Canada, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and Kids Help Phone created this poll. We asked U-Reporters some questions about how they are experiencing and using technology in their day-to-day lives. 

These results will be used to amplify youth voice with our partners and decision makers. It is important to create opportunities to learn from young people about their unique perspectives and how they are experiencing their own lives.

PRIDE

According to the World Health Organization, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) individuals often face high rates of physical and mental health issues and reduced access to medical and social services. We asked U-Reporters a few questions about pride, what it means to then, and how it affects them. These questions were developed with the Students Commission of Canada’s youth group.

These results will be used to amplify youth voice with decision makers and partners. Pride is very important to young people, and keeping communities safe for LGBTQ2S+ youth is a priority.

RECONCILIATION

This poll was co-developed with First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and YMCA Canada. We asked U-Reporters about their understanding of Indigenous history and reconciliation. U-Reporters have a wide variety of definitions of reconciliation, and would like to see the government offering more support, better education, and more respect on working towards reconciliation. 

These results will be used to amplify youth voice with our partners and decision makers. Indigenous history and reconciliation is important for all people to know about, not just young people.

NATIONAL YOUTH POLICY

Young people make up 1/3 of the Canadian population. The federal government recently the first ever National Youth Policy; a framework to help improve the lives of youth in Canada. It includes a commitment to creating meaningful opportunities for youth voices to be heard, and programs like Canada Service Corps to encourage and support youth to volunteer. U-Reporters felt that the government lacks in mental health services, post secondary accessibility programs and employment services. This poll was co-developed with the Students Commission of Canada to better understand if young people are aware of and understand the impacts of this policy.   

These results will be used to amplify youth voice with our decision makers and partners. Young people should know and feel empowered by the policies that impact their lives.

CLIMATE CHANGE

Research is showing that Canada is warming much faster than the rest of the world. Young people have been speaking up on climate change and calling on government leaders to do more to combat climate change. We asked U-Reporters 11 questions to better understand how climate change is impacting their lives. U-Reporters were especially concerned about the affects climate change has on weather and air quality but have a variety of ways they are taking action to improve the environment. Here is what else they had to say... 

 

These results will be used to amplify youth voice and priorities with decision makers. Young people have the right to be heard by government leaders in their fight to take action against climate change.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

We asked U-Reporters five questions to help us understand the barriers and motivations to being physically active. Here is what they had to say…  

These results will help us as we work with our partners and decision-makers to help young people become and remain physically active. 

FEDERAL BUDGET

The federal government released their budget on how they are going to spend money on programs and services. It includes new investments in children and youth. When we asked U-Reporters what the government was missing in this budget, they told us they wanted to see more support for youth and more for their future including more affordable housing and education. Here is what else they had to say…  

These results will help us in our work with partners and decision makers to elevate youth voice and priorities in our advocacy work. Young people have the right to be heard and prioritized by leaders and decision-makers.

YOUTH BELONGING

We asked U-Reporters a couple questions to better understand what makes young people feel like they belong in their families and in Canadian society. U-Reporters told us that feeling safe plays a big role in their sense of belonging. Here are some other things we heard...

These results will help us work with our partners and decision-makers to improve young people's sense of belonging. Young people should feel like they belong in any setting.

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UNICEF Canada would like to extend our gratitude to our founding partner, The Students Commission of Canada, our Steering Committee members Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, Kids Help Phone, YMCA Canada, and to the RBC Foundation for their ongoing contributions and support aligned with RBC Future Launch.