Canada is ranked 30th of 38 countries on child and youth wellbeing — and the pandemic is making it worse

UNICEF ranked Canada 30th of 38 wealthy countries on providing safe, healthy childhoods

Why It Matters

Children and youth are among the most impacted by the pandemic, with rising rates of poor mental health since the crisis began and new protocols for schooling threatening quality education for many. Considering Canada was already lagging on child and youth wellbeing pre-pandemic and non-profits serving youth have been hit hard, too, the country has a major problem.

As children across the country try to adjust to a different type of school year than they’ve ever experienced, they might not be set up for success. 

Earlier this month, UNICEF ranked 38 wealthy countries on child and youth wellbeing, with Canada sitting in the 30th spot. “Despite an overall trend of rising economic wealth in Canada, many aspects of children’s lives are not improving. In fact, Canada is among a handful of rich countries with the best conditions for growing up, but the poorest outcomes for children,” writes David Morley, president and CEO of UNICEF Canada, in the report. 

Earlier this month, UNICEF ranked 38 wealthy countries on child and youth wellbeing, with Canada sitting in the 30th spot.

Canada ranked lower than the country average on children who feel satisfied with their lives, and much lower than average on mitigati

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