We’re a leading children’s charity that strives for a just world by advancing children’s rights and equality for girls.

Plan International Canada is a member of a global organization that stands with children, especially girls, wherever they are oppressed, exploited, left behind or not equally valued. We’re active in more than 80 countries and work in partnership with children, families, supporters, community-based organizations and governments.

Did you know that the World Economic Forum believes that it will be 132 years before we achieve gender equality? Not good enough, right? Our mission hasn’t changed. Creating a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls will continue to inspire everything we do. But our five-year All Girls Standing Strong (AGSS) strategy is designed to beat the clock in advancing girls’ rights. Join us in making that happen!

To achieve these goals, click on our five priority areas of expertise.




We advance children's right to get an education.




We advance children's right to lead healthy lives.



Protection from violence

We advance children's right to live violence-free lives.



Youth leadership & economic empowerment

We advance young people's right to be heard, to lead and to be independent.



Humanitarian response & resilience

We advance children's right to access help during crises and to live in a more climate-resilient world.


Why our work focuses on girls

Millions of children are barred from accessing their rights, but girls are the most likely to suffer from these injustice. Investing in girls is one of the most effective ways to fight global poverty and create more resilient communities.

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The impact of our work

Plan International Canada's programs in education, health, protection from violence, youth leadership and economic empowerment and humanitarian response and resilience, we reached 14.5 million people, including 7.6 million children (3.8 million girls.)

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Where we work

Plan International Canada is part of a global community and active in more than 75 countries to create lasting, positive change for children, especially girls, worldwide.

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Who we work with

Plan International Canada is a member of a global organization that partners with families, communities, local organizations, supporters and governments. We collaborate with women-led groups and youth councils in shaping the programs.

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Our people

Plan International Canada is one of Canada’s Most Admired Work Cultures. We are a team of passionate people who have chosen careers that help make the world a better place for children – especially girls.

Meet the Plan International Canada team

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Our history

Since 1937, Plan International has helped ensure that children are safe, healthy, educated and empowered.

When British journalist and broadcaster John Langdon-Davies witnessed the plight of children in Spain during the Spanish Civil War, he responded by establishing the Foster Parents Plan for Children in Spain. This initial act of compassion is how Plan International was born.

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The world is in a race against time.

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The world is in a race against time.

The global gender gap is currently projected to take another 132 years to close. We say that’s not good enough.

Plan International Canada has launched a new five-year strategy, All Girls Standing Strong, which works towards a just world, creating global change and improving the lives of 30 million children, with 15 million of them being girls.

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