UNICEF Canada says governments could reduce child poverty across the country by 30-percent by boosting the income of Canada’s poorest families.
The organization’s Director of Policy and Research advocates enhanced investment in parenting support programs and the Canada Child benefit at a younger age before governments have to pay for the consequences of poor health and violence.
Lisa Wolff feels the biggest difference between countries that succeed in reducing child poverty and those who don’t is public policy and not parenting.
She points out the best performing countries reduce child poverty by 60-percent.
UNICEF has launched the Canadian Index of Child and Youth Well-being to address the greatest challenges facing Canadian youth and track the progress on children’s rights.
The index will explore areas such as do children have supportive families, are they free to play and are they connected to the environment.
UNICEF’s report cards suggest Canada ranks 25th among the 41 richest countries for Sustainable Development Goals.