Canada lags on childhood well-being, UNICEF says

Published Apr 10, 2013 by The CBC

A new report from UNICEF suggests the well-being of children living in Canada is lower than those growing up in many other wealthy countries.

Canada ranked 17th of 29 countries in an overall ranking compiled by the child-focused international humanitarian organization.

The report shows Canada’s standing hasn’t improved since a prior report in 2007. The first report was based on data from 2001-03, while the current one contains data from 2009-10.

“As a Canadian, I’m ashamed,” says David Morley, president of UNICEF Canada. He says Canada is “stuck in the middle of the pack against other wealthy countries, and that’s just not good enough.”

The overall ranking was based on five broad categories:

  • Material well-being.
  • Health and safety.
  • Education.
  • Behaviours and risk.
  • Housing and environment.

Each broad category includes data on detailed subcategories that measure specific areas.

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