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Did you know that UNICEF tracks the health and well-being of all the world’s children? Produced with the best data available, UNICEF’s reports are the reference point for journalists, researchers, policy makers and advocates everywhere.

One area of study is how the world’s richest countries deliver on overall child and youth well-being. Results are shared in Report Cards that rank countries’ performance. Canada’s overall ranking has been stuck in the middle for more than a decade, with little progress in critical areas. This is the drive behind UNICEF Canada’s One Youth.

You can view UNICEF’s most recent Report Cards online.

Family-Friendly Policies in Rich Countries (2019) : How Canada Compares

View UNICEF Canada's report on how Canada ranks on family-friendly policies from maternity leave, paternity leave, breastfeeding, and early childhood education and care.

Report Card 15 (2018): The Equalizer

View UNICEF's report on the equality of Canada’s education from preschool to high school, and how to protect and grow the equalizing power of Canada’s public schools for every child.

Report Card 14 (2017): Building the Future

View UNICEF's report on the status of children in the world’s richest countries, in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals.

For an in-depth look at Canada’s performance, click here or read The Youth Perspective.

Report Card 13 (2016): Fairness for Children

View UNICEF’s report on inequality across the world’s richest countries in health, education, income and life satisfaction.

For an in-depth look at Canada’s performance, click here or read The Youth Perspective.

Report Card 12 (2014): Children of the Recession

View UNICEF’s report on how children in rich countries were impacted by The Great Recession (2008-2011). These impacts continue today despite some recovery.

For an in-depth look at Canada’s performance, click here.

We’re generally a very ‘happy’ country so we should be ranking at the top of most categories, right?

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