As of July 1, 2010 approximately 30% of the total population in Canada was children aged from birth to 24 years. In all provinces and the Yukon, the proportion of children and youth under 25 years of age was close to the national average. However, in the Northwest Territories, 38% of all residents were children and youth and, more than half of Nunavut’s population were children and youth.
Everywhere they reside, children must have access to health care, education, early childhood learning and care, and other social supports that promote their well-being and healthy development. This is especially critical in NWT and Nunavut where children and youth make up a large proportion of the population.