UNICEF report ranks Canada poorly when comparing children's well-being to other wealthy countries

A UNICEF report says Canada ranks 37th on a list of 41 rich countries when it comes to children having access to enough nutritious food.

It says Canada is also near the bottom on child homicide and teen suicide and over 22 per cent of kids live in poverty.

The report says most issues related to child well-being showed no improvement or worsened in Canada during the last decade while countries such as Korea, Japan and Slovenia are doing better.

UNICEF Canada president David Morley says those countries, and the Nordic nations at the top of the list, have one thing in common, they've invested in early child development.

Morley says Canada's tax-free child benefit introduced last year is a positive move, but it's too early to tell what kind of impact it will have.

He says it's a myth that Canada is a great country to grow up in and has good air quality because that's been improving in almost all rich countries, except for Canada and Turkey.