Campaigns and Issues

CCRC Campaign: Speak Up for Children in 2019 Election

Similarly to UNICEF Canada’s #VoteForEveryChild Campaign to raise attention to the fact that children are not allowed to vote, the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC) recently sent a letter to each leader of a federal political party, asking them to consider 10 Steps for Children, as they develop their platforms for the election.

The following 10 policies would support healthy development for all Canada’s children:

  1. Annual targets for reducing child poverty

  2. Equitable access to affordable early childhood programs and care

  3. National plan of action to prevent all forms of violence against children

  4. Access to affordable, nutritious food for children

  5. Access to community-based mental health and preventive health services

  6. Child Rights Impact Assessments (CRIAs) for every policy that affects children

  7. Consider impacts for children in decisions about the environment

  8. Equitable treatment of First Nations, Metis, Inuit and other vulnerable groups

  9. Children’s Commission with an effective complaint process

  10. All children learn about their rights through curricula and government websites

Everyone can ask questions about children’s policies to ensure they are not ignored. CCRC created a resource that has one question for each of the 10 policies above that they encourage you to ask your local candidates.