2. Economic factors in Canada

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  • 1 in 4 children under age six live in difficult physical, social or emotional circumstances
  • Canada ranks 27th out of 29 countries in investment in early childhood.
  • In Canada, the lifetime economic cost of mental illness is $200 billion!
  • For every $1 invested in children under age six, $7 is saved in future costs because:
  • 84% less likely to receive social assistance
  • 50% higher graduation rates
  • 4 times more likely to be university graduates
  • 50% fewer teen pregnancies
  • 50% more likely to be fully employed
  • 33% fewer arrests for violent crime

There is a 10% economic return on investing in early childhood.