Support for children and families

An accessible, reliable system to support children and families is critical to encouraging child well-being and women’s labour force participation. Ambitious improvements to policies supporting children and families could also support increased fertility rates, creating improved conditions for population growth.

Indicators in this section assess the state of supports for children and families, and the well-being of children in Canada.

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The report discusses how child well-being can vary significantly across Canada, highlighting access and equity challenges in early childhood supports. It also notes the detrimental impact of Covid-19 for Canada’s youth, including on mental health.

Child poverty
Direction Canada is trending
On track
Where Canada is at
Target
Why it matters
Data Sources
Statistics Canada
Child care
Direction Canada is trending
Falling behind
Where Canada is at
Target
Why it matters
Data Sources
Statistics Canada, OECD
Parental leave
Direction Canada is trending
Needs attention
Where Canada is at
Target
Why it matters
Data Sources
OECD
Child and youth well-being
Direction Canada is trending
Falling behind
Where Canada is at
Target
Why it matters
Data Sources
UNICEF
Support for children and families indicators
On track
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Falling behind
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Needs attention
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Falling behind
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Falling behind
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