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November 16th, 2012, 07:51 AM
Countrymom4's Avatar Chrystal
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Posts: 3,639
HSBC did a survey about the best place to raise children, competing against such countries as the Netherlands, the USA and Saudi Arabia. Canada came in first !!

What do you think makes Canada a great place to riase children ?

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November 16th, 2012, 08:02 AM
Mega Super Mommy
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,084
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'

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November 16th, 2012, 01:43 PM
Jessimaaka's Avatar Pink in a house of Blue
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 16,567
I agree with Kalynn...she covered everything!

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
- Transit
- Median age
- Infant mortality
- Mat leave
- Daycare
- Cost of food
- Mom groups
- Intimate partner violence
- Children and youth victims of crime
- Libraries
- 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
DS1: C 8/12/2012
DS2: L 3/30/2014
Surprise baby! due 3/27/2017

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