8 million Canadians – children and youth under age 18 – do not have a vote in the federal election and cannot hold the government accountable for the post-pandemic recovery.
Children around the world will also be affected by the outcome of the Canadian federal election. They need bold Canadian leadership to champion the rights of the most marginalized children to be healthy, educated, protected and empowered.
#VoteforEveryChild gives you the info you need to make the most of your vote on election day: by using your ballot to make the world a better place for kids in Canada and around the world.
Why do children and youth need your vote?
COVID-19 has made childhood even more difficult for kids in Canada and around the world.
Canada ranked 30th out of 38 wealthy countries in child and youth well-being based on data from just before the outbreak of COVID-19. The pandemic has only heightened concerns about children’s health, development, education, safety, relationships and happiness.
Globally, children’s lives have been upended by COVID-19. The pandemic has already undone 25 years of global health progress in just 25 weeks, and progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals is slipping backwards.
The past year and a half has seen an increase in children who have been left hungry, isolated, abused and anxious.
Everywhere, children missed out on education. Access to protection, health and nutrition services has been severely strained. Progress has gone backward across virtually every key measure of childhood. The signs that children will bear the scars of the pandemic for years to come are unmistakable.
It’s their turn to be our priority.