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Canadians imagine a better future for children, youth and families. That’s why youth, parents, researchers, educators, advocates, policymakers, service providers, community and business leaders, and others gathered in 2020 and 2021 to co-create Inspiring Healthy Futures.


On October 26 & 27, 2023, we will be re-convening this group of passionate advocates to co-create the next set of priorities to shape research, advocacy, community innovation and system change to create a future fit for kids.


What will this Summit include?

All delegates are welcome to attend the “Imagine the Future” Reception taking place 

Thursday, October 26, 6 – 8 p.m. ET in the Quebec Suite, Fairmount Chateau Laurier.


The 27th will kick off with a breakfast hosted by Children’s Healthcare Canada for the Child Health Caucus at 8:00am ET. This is open to members of Parliament and all IHF delegates. During breakfast we will hear: 

  • A brief Caucus overview from Co-Chairs Senator Rosemary Moodie and MP Adam van Koeverden, an overview of Inspiring Healthy Futures past and present, and a question-and-answer period for the Child Health Caucus.


The Summit kicks off at 10am ET in the Drawing Room of the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. Throughout the day conversations and presentations will focus on:

  • Mapping progress since IHF 1.0 How have we moved forward in each of the priority areas set out in the IHF framework? 

  • Emerging themes: what is needed now? What is happening in our systems that we need to pay attention to and integrate as we set the next agenda?

  • What could we focus on next in each of the five domains that would move us closer to our vision of a better world for kids, youth and families? 

  • Top 3 recommendations for a Bold Agenda for Action


View the full Summit agenda

Why Now?



Because every day in the life of a child matters.

In 2021, we co-created an action framework centered around mobilized communities and spanning youth initiatives, research collaborations, grassroots parent groups, advocacy initiatives, and community and industry partnerships.


In 2023, the federal government took a significant step toward improving the health and well-being of children and youth when it re-negotiated the Canada Health Transfer and announced $2 billion to improve child and youth health outcomes.


With Inspiring Healthy Futures 2.0, let’s capitalize on that momentum to create A Future Fit For Kids.



UNICEF Canada’s One Youth is working to make Canada the best place in the world to grow up in. As the global UN agency for kids, UNICEF has worked to improve conditions for every child around the world for 75 years, and has saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization. UNICEF Canada’s One Youth brings that work to Canada by measuring child and youth well-being, and advocating for the right to a childhood.


The Pediatric Chairs of Canada represents the Department Heads (Chairs) of Pediatrics within the seventeen Canadian medical schools. Collectively they provide national leadership in research and education to promote the health and healthcare of children and youth in Canada.


Children’s Healthcare Canada is a national association representing health service delivery organizations serving children and youth across the continuum of care. Through purposeful partnerships, we accelerate excellence and innovation in health systems caring for children and youth.


The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is Canada’s federal funding agency for health research. IHDCYH is one of 13 CIHR institutes and supports research that ensures the best start in life for all Canadians and the achievement of their potential for optimal growth and development. CIHR-IHDCYH supports researchers located in universities, hospitals and other research centres, and creates linkages with other stakeholders across Canada.


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