Unicef report shows Canada’s disadvantaged children’s well-being needs improving
UNICEF Report Card 13: Fairness for Children, released in 2016, measures the depths of inequality in children’s well-being across the richest countries.
The UNICEF Index of Child Inequality reveals how far rich countries allow their most disadvantaged children to fall behind the ‘average’ child in aspects of health, education, income, and life satisfaction.
From the April 14 press release: Fairness for Children Key Findings:
- Overall, Canada ranks 26 th out of 35 rich nations, putting it at the back of the pack.
- Most areas of child well-being showed no improvement in Canada over the last decade.
- The widest gaps between those at the middle and those at the bottom were in the levels of income inequality and unhealthy eating.
- Of the 41 most affluent countries, Canada ranks 24th in the level of income inequality. The poorest children in Canada have family incomes 53 per cent lower than the average child.
- Inequality in health symptoms increased for Canada’s children and in most rich countries. Canada ranks 24 of 35 countries for health inequality. However, inequality in physical activity and in healthy eating of fruits and vegetables in Canada remained stable and the gaps are smaller than in many countries.
- In Canada, nine per cent of children reported very low life satisfaction, more than the average among rich countries.
- One quarter of Canada’s kids report daily symptoms of poor health – can’t sleep, feeling sick or anxious. This is usually linked to difficulties with peers, at school or at home. Feeling that way on a daily basis interferes with learning, with relationships, with long-term health and risk behaviours like bullying and drug use.
- Canada ranks 14th out of 37 countries in the level of education inequality.
- Canada ranks 25th out of 35 countries in the level of life satisfaction inequality.
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