It's time to balance the scales
This week marks a year since the first presumptive case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Canada – and the urgency to support children and youth has never been greater. School closures have resulted in increased social isolation and poor mental health, learning loss, food insecurity and vulnerability to abuse.
Lockdown restrictions have placed a disproportionate burden on kids. As we work to contain the spread of COVID-19, we need to balance our efforts with supports to address the unprecedented challenges facing Canada’s youngest citizens.
Developing child-centred policies
Children First Canada (CFC) and Statistics Canada (StatsCan) have invited policy makers and industry leaders to participate in Lifting the Burden on Kids: Innovative policy solutions to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on children. The event, which will take place in February, will help equip them with effective tools to improve the education, health and well-being of kids in Canada.
Lifting the Burden on Kids follows a hackathon hosted by CFC and StatsCan in December to better understand the impacts of COVID-19 on children and families. Harnessing research and data, industry leaders and youth joined hands to develop child-centred policy solutions. The event in February will explore the findings and recommendations of last month's hackathon.
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