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 a national, registered charity working to improve the health and wellbeing of Canadian children and youth by fostering education, sharing knowledge and resources and developing policy through private-public collaborations.
Founded in 2009 following research conducted by the Advisor on Healthy Children and Youth for the Federal Government, Sandbox focuses on programs and campaigns that are national in scope, with an aim to benefit all children and youth across Canada.
As an umbrella organization, Sandbox provides strategic leadership, facilitates collaboration and drives innovation among like-minded, child-focused organizations within Canada’s child and youth health arena.
Working Groups and Partnered Initiatives
As child and youth health is a multifaceted issue, the majority of Sandbox’s activities are driven by five multi-disciplinary working groups, each of which tackles a key focus area:
- Environmental health
- Growing healthy bodies
- Injury prevention
- Mental health
- Young Canadians Roundtable on Health (YCRH), Sandbox’s youth-led health advisory
What We Do
As a coordinating body, Sandbox brings together researchers, governments, other non-profits and child and youth stakeholder organizations, as well as interested youth, parents and families.
Sandbox facilitates knowledge-sharing and resource-pooling, enabling Sandbox’s partnership network to carry out activities that are difficult or impossible to accomplish by one organization or individual alone.