Fairness for Children: Canada's challenge.


Earlier this year, UNICEF released Report Card 13: Fairness for Children, which ranks the depths of inequality in child and youth well-being across the world's richest countries. The report reveals how far our nation's most disadvantaged children are allowed to fall behind the "average" child in areas like health, education, income and life satisfaction.


Canada is one of the most unequal societies for children and youth

Canada ranks 26 out of 35 of the world's richest nations. A wide gap exists between the average Canadian child and the most disadvantaged. Children in the poorest families have fewer than 53 percent of the financial resources that the average child has, drastically limiting their opportunities for a bright future.

One in four Canadian children aren't feeling their best on any given day

The proportion of children in Canada who report one or more health complaints every day is 23 percent. These issues unequally affect our most disadvantaged children. Frequent health complaints are usually an expression of stressful situations or relationships at home, at school, or among peers. More attention needs to be paid to the stress children face and the resources required to help them.

Education is the great equalizer for Canadian children

Our public school system helps to buffer the socioeconomic disadvantages that some children face, creating a more even...

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