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Although I think Canada is a great place to raise children I'm surprised that somewhere like Denmark, Sweden, or the Netherlands didn't beat us out.
I think 1 HUGE factor is universal health care (putting us above the US)
I think also that our diverse culture and landscape is just a great playground to explore!
Our education system although flawed, could be much worse.
Canada has many laws in place protecting children and families
There are services and resources available to families in need.
Areas I see needing improvement would be more and cheaper childcare spaces/costs.
Better education, cheaper post secondary ed.
Lower childhood obesity rates, we really aren't that far behind the 'big bad USA'
But I think it also varies province by province - there was an article in Readers' Digest that ranked the 10 best places to raise kids in Canada, it was in their September edition.
10. Peterborough (ON)
9. Hamilton (ON)
8. Toronto (ON)
7. Vancouver (BC)
6. Montreal (QC)
5. Windsor (ON)
4. Calgary (AB)
3. Guelph (ON)
2. Ottawa-Gatineau (ON)
1. Sherbrooke (QC)
Categories that were scored included
- Median age
- Infant mortality
- Mat leave
- Cost of food
- Mom groups
- Intimate partner violence
- Children and youth victims of crime
- Park space
(tried to find it online and I can't)
Anyways, found it an interesting read, in case you get it and haven't read it, or come across it at the dentist/doctor's office