While Canada is among the most prosperous nations in the world, we rank unacceptably low among our peer countries when it comes to children’s health.
The Sandbox Project is about one thing: making Canada the healthiest place in the world for children to grow up by supporting their health, safety, and well-being.
We have a long way to go in all of these areas. In fact, Canada ranked 25th out of the 41 countries surveyed in UNICEF’s most recent study of child well-being.
That is why the Sandbox Project is here – to bring leading individuals and organizations together to ensure that all children in Canada get all the support and care they need to become healthy, active, well-adjusted and contributing adults in our society.
Fostering a Creative & Collaborative Environment
The Sandbox Project believes there is strength in numbers.
We help drive results by eliminating the duplication of effort, overlapping focus, and redundant costs commonly seen in this space by solving broad and complex health and well-being issues to improve the lives of Canadian children.
The Sandbox Project creates the opportunity and the environment for discussion, collaboration, problem-solving, sharing, and idea generation. Working with health care professionals, community organizations, researchers and academics, charities, not-for profits, government policy makers, subject matter experts, business and industry leaders, youth and parents, we serve as an incubator for innovation and creativity, a place where information, knowledge, insights, research and best practices are freely shared.
The organizations involved all know that we can achieve more and make faster progress when we work together. They recognize that the issues involved are complex and multi-faceted, making it difficult for one organization to solve them independently.
Serving as a Champion for Canadian Child and Youth Health
We seek to achieve sustainable and relevant national results in the following specific areas most impacting child and youth health and well-being:
Child Safety and Injury Prevention, including the development of strategies to increase quality physical activity and reduce serious injury;
Growing Healthy Bodies, including the development of strategies to reduce childhood obesity;
Mental Health and Wellness, including actions to improve access to child and youth mental health care;
The Environment, including strategies to reduce the impact of environmental factors influencing children’s health; and,
Empowering Young Canadians to be strong voices on issues relating to child and youth health.