The kids are not alright: New non-profit aims to take on child poverty in Canada – Metro News

Effort comes in wake of report describing Toronto, yet again, as the country’s capital of child poverty.

November 14, 2016

As a new report paints yet another gloomy picture for child poverty in the city, a Toronto woman is leading a national movement to protect and empower children everywhere.

Children First Canada, a non-profit launching this week, takes aim at dispelling what founder Sara Austin calls the general misconception that Canadian children are thriving because they live in one of the most prosperous nations on Earth.

“They are not all right and the statistics are pretty jarring,” Austin said.

From lacking adequate food and proper healthcare to facing issues of child abuse and bullying, Canada is ranked 17th out of 29 affluent nations for children’s wellbeing, according to UNICEF’s global index. Most vulnerable are Indigenous children, kids in single parent homes, youth in foster care and refugee children, the report says.

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