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.

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our vision 

To make Canada the healthiest place in the world for children to grow up. 



The Sandbox Project works to unite and guide the many groups and individuals operating within Canada’s child and youth health sector by providing a forum in which diverse stakeholders can work together. The Sandbox Project fosters cooperation, collaboration and the sharing of best practices – helping the entire sector make real, tangible progress towards delivering on the promise of healthier children and youth. 



  • Sharing knowledge
  • Empowering youth
  • Creatively leveraging existing resources 
  • Joint accountability
  • Collaboration
  • Innovation
  • Agility
  • Cross-cutting understanding of child wellbeing

The majority of Sandbox’s activities are driven by five multi-disciplinary working groups, each of which tackles a key focus area:  

In addition to supporting the working group activities, Sandbox provides several other key services and events that support the child and youth sector, including:

Hosting its annual awareness event, the World’s Largest Sandbox in Ottawa near Parliament Hill. Members of Parliament, Senators, Cabinet Ministers, media personalities and corporate stakeholders “spend the day in the sandbox” with our Collaborating Partner organizations and local children while raising awareness about the importance of investing in child and youth health and wellbeing. 

Organizing its annual national conference, where experts and participants have the opportunity to network with their peers, engage in strategic multi-disciplinary discussions and tackle the sector’s biggest challenges. 

Actively making connections throughout the child and youth health and wellbeing sectors. The Sandbox Project disseminates information and opportunities through our partner-centred blog, our monthly e-newsletter, and through social media. We strive to catalyze necessary conversations and build meaningful relationships to amplify our collective efforts and make a difference for Canada's kids. For information on sharing your organization's child and youth health news with The Sandbox Project network, please contact us

I was impressed in every way. The youth were outstanding, confident and fun, and the agenda and format worked very well. You have remarkable funders, and some of them attended (because they believe in you and they care). I feel that I witnessed hope and promise for the future of our kids.
— 2016 Sandbox Project Conference participant
The event was the best one I have been a part of. It was well-planned, fast paced and informative, but it also left plenty of room for people to network and have conversations beyond the activities.

Great work!
— 2017 Sandbox Summit participant
There are so many amazing organizations out there doing incredible work, with such passion and innovation. I really valued how the underlying tone/focus was that we really need to do our best not to duplicate efforts, but rather join forces and partner with each other. We do have the same outcome in mind, so why not help each other get there? It makes a lot more sense.
— 2017 Sandbox Summit participant