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November 20 is National Child Day in Canada. It’s a time to celebrate our country’s commitment to upholding the rights of children. There are 8 million kids in Canada, and they all have something in common—their rights!


Children represent a quarter of Canada’s population and 100% of our future. They are citizens with rights, opinions and ideas. Kids deserve to have a say in decisions that affect their lives. And adults have a duty to listen. This year, we honour the contributions of young people from coast to coast to coast. We see you. We hear you. On National Child Day, lift your voice!

National Child Day Digital Event

November 20

1 P.M. (ET)

This year, children and youth from across Canada will discuss what it means to be #SeenAndHeard. You’ll also hear from youth activists, Canada’s leading voices for children’s rights, government and industry leaders, and more!

Children First Canada is proud to announce that Arjun Ram, CBC Kids News Contributor, will host this year’s event!

The online event will also feature a special interview with Canadian basketball player Michael Linklater.

Share Your Event

Hosting an event for National Child Day? We want to hear about it! Submit your event and it will appear on our interactive map.

Join a Celebration

Canadians from across the country are celebrating National Child Day on November 20. Check out our events page to find out what’s happening in your area.

Wondering how you can be #SeenAndHeard?

The Young Canadians’ Parliament is an initiative to amplify the voice of young people at the highest levels of government. Members of this growing movement host a series of digital events throughout the year to discuss the issues that matter most to kids. Are you under 18 years old? Want to learn how to speak up for your rights? We invite you to join us!

Take Action

One in three children in Canada do not enjoy a safe and healthy childhood – and the impacts of COVID-19 have made things worse. We’re urging the federal government to invest in the lives of children and protect their rights. Sign our Call to Action now!

Show Your Support for Kids

When you purchase a National Child Day T-shirt, 100% of the profits go towards Children First Canada’s mission to make Canada the best place in the world for kids to grow up. Place your order now, and we’ll send your shipment as soon as the T-shirts are available.

Did You Know?

There are 4 groups of rights for children:


Development rights



These groups of rights come from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Click here for a child-friendly version of the UNCRC.

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