Our Big Dream

We believe every child matters and every child counts.

CityKidz was founded on a big dream to see a future free of child poverty; a future where all children have equal opportunity to thrive and achieve their full potential. 

Through faith, hope and love, we seek to transform lives and end child poverty, one child at a time.

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Child Poverty in Canada




1 in 5

Canadian children are growing up in poverty.

The stresses and deprivations of poverty affect children in their homes, their schools, their communities, and their hearts. 

Poverty denies opportunities and undermines childhood development in ways that put children at a disadvantage in so many critical aspects of their lives. It makes it difficult for them to achieve their full potential and break the cycle of poverty for future generations.

Children make up nearly 40% of food bank users

Children who grow up and remain in poverty have a lifespan up to 20 years shorter than their middle-class peers

1 in 7 people using shelters in Canada is a child

Our Solution

What started in Hamilton as a weekend drop-in session for a few dozen kids has grown into multiple programs serving thousands of children and youth of all ages.

CityKidz programs are a stable force of love and support for kids from before they can read until well after they’ve written their final high school exams. We teach our kids that they matter, that they are loved, and that they can change their future – and with it, the world.

1,925 Meals

Nourish hungry kids every month through our Meal Kit and lunch program.

1,275 Children & Youth

Engage in our life-changing experiences and mentorship programs each year.

43 Scholarships

Given to our program graduates to help finance their post-secondary education.

650 Families

Receive support each week through Home Visits from dedicated volunteers.

Join our Community of Hope

Make a lasting difference in children’s lives.

Your monthly support provides children with life-changing programs, essential resources, and nurturing mentorship opportunities. It allows us to be there for children and youth in their moments of struggle and times of celebration.

Stories of Hope

These stories highlight the many ways – both big and small – that your support is making a big difference in young lives.

Volunteers Transform Lives

Whatever your time, whatever your talents, you can make a transformative difference in a child’s life.

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