Just in time for Father’s Day, a new study found that Canadian dads are basically killing it.
According to the Fatherhood Institute’s Fairness In Families Index, Canadian fathers are more involved with their families than ever–although we still have some room to improve. Out of 22 countries, Canada ranked 7th when it came to how much dads and moms shared child-related responsibilities. That’s a giant leap from 2010, when Canadian dads came in at 12th place.
The London School of Economics led the study and based its rankings on factors such as the gender wage gap, parental leave and the ratio of how much women and men care for their children and do housework. That’s why, despite how hard some dads might try, their actions aren’t the only thing that determines where they land on the scale.
Part of the reason why our dads aren’t taking the top spot, for example, is because our parental-leave policy doesn’t include time off specifically for them (although Quebec’s does). Instead, a maximum of 35 weeks of parental leave is offered, which is available for moms or dads. The OECD average, meanwhile, is about eight weeks of paid leave specifically for fathers.
Still, Canada out-performed many countries and that’s certainly something to be proud of. The U.S. came in all the way at 20th, while we also beat out Australia, the U.K., the Netherlands, Germany and even Japan–which ranked dead last (sorry, Japan).
While it might seem like we’re just comparing numbers on a chart here, this research goes far beyond that. Previous studies have found that involved fathers end up raising kids who are smarter, better behaved and also lowers their chances of exhibiting negative mental health symptoms like aggression or anxiety.
That’s why when you’re celebrating Father’s Day this weekend, do something extra special for him. He definitely deserves it.