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Press Releases & Resources


Cosette by an example of her paintings.
Four-year-old art prodigy holds first gallery showing
This week, Cosette Swart, 4, possibly the youngest member of Canada's art community is holding her first gallery showing in her hometown of Calgary. Compared to Jackson Pollack, her pieces sell for hundreds of dollars, and go faster than she can create them
June 25, 2015

Three students collect rocks in mining simulation
Canadian kids work for change
A large group of Vancouver school children experienced World Vision’s Child Labour Challenge to mark World Day Against Child Labour..
June 11, 2015

Factory entrance in Bangladesh.
Canadians want to quit the child labour habit
A new national poll reveals Canadians want to quit the child labour habit, but need help from government and companies.
June 10, 2015

Some things should never be for sale. Children stand with price tag.
Check the chain Canada! Child labour is everyone’s business
Right now, 85 million children are toiling in dirty, dangerous, and degrading jobs and many of those child labourers are hidden within the supply chains of products that Canadians use every day, according to the international development agency.
June 09, 2015

Fred Penner performs at a free event in Vancouver.
Is my child real?
Ever wonder how donations to international aid agencies are used to transform the lives of children and families? Ever question if a child who is sponsored overseas is actually real?  Canada's largest international relief and development organization, World Vision, is inviting Vancouverites to get the inside scoop on its work in 100 countries at an interactive family event.
May 29, 2015

Hands push a tan piece of fabric through the sewing machine
Who are you wearing?
Poll finds Canadians care more about price than possible hidden costs like child labour. 
April 22, 2015

Michael Messenger has been named next President of World Vision Canada
Michael Messenger, next President of World Vision Canada
Following an extensive search, World Vision’s board is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Messenger as the humanitarian aid agency’s next President and CEO.  He will succeed Dave Toycen, who is retiring from that role which he has held for the past 18 years.
March 30, 2015

Bangladesh factory entrance
Canada's child labour habit
The average Canadian may have a child labour habit and not even know it, warns World Vision. More than half (54%) of Canadians do not believe they consume any products made by children, according to a new Ipsos Reid poll.
March 16, 2015

Syrian refugee children in a World Vision Child-Friendly Space in Jordan
Failing grade for Syria
Three major Canadian aid agencies say warring parties and powerful states have failed to implement UNSC resolutions leading to worst year of crisis for civilians in Syria.
March 12, 2015

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Child-free chocolate
Canadians consume an average of 3.9kg of chocolate annually, the equivalent of 1,857 M&Ms. If that’s not enough to give you indigestion, the child labour used in chocolate production might.
February 11, 2015

Children smile and clap their hands at brightly coloured round tables
Increased funding for Iraq and Syria
The Government of Canada has announced $90 million in additional humanitarian funding for the refugee crises in Syria and Iraq. As part of this announcement, World Vision Canada has received $2.3 million for our humanitarian relief work in northern Iraq, which involves providing essential supplies and cash assistance to people who have fled the conflict zones.  
 
January 07, 2015

An older man in a navy blazer and light blue shirt pictured in an office with framed certificates on the walls
World Vision Canada President and CEO, Dave Toycen, to retire
The Board of World Vision Canada today announced that the organization's President and Chief Executive Officer, Dave Toycen, has decided to retire within the next 9 months, upon completion of a process to choose his successor.
September 17, 2014

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Humanitarian Crisis
A group of seven major international aid agencies said they face a shortfall of excess of $92 million just when the South Sudan humanitarian crisis edges closer to the risk of famine. Speaking out on the 3rd anniversary of the country’s independence they warned their aid efforts to help hundreds of thousands of people caught up in the conflict was under threat due to a lack of funds.
July 09, 2014

Bowl of chocolate
Good Chocolate Guide helps Canadians shop ethically this Valentine's Day
Today World Vision launched its Good Chocolate Guide to help Canadians shop for Valentine's treats they can trust not to contain any dark secrets. Whether they're on-line or in line, shoppers can use the mobile-friendly guide to find chocolate products that are ethically certified to be child-labour free.
February 05, 2014

Giant 3D canvas painting of a cocoa plantation.
Hidden Costs: child labour appears before Canadian shoppers as World Vision launches new consumer research poll
Today, in the heart of Toronto’s shopping district, World Vision brought scenes of child labour to Canadian consumers and released the findings of a new Ipsos Reid poll. The research confirmed that a majority of Canadians feel responsible for protecting children from exploitative child labour—one of the “hidden costs” in the products we buy.
January 25, 2014

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