The Vision of the Vanier Institute of the Family is to make families as important to the life of Canadian society as they are to the lives of individual Canadians.
Note, that the Vanier Institute is not an official Catholic organization but it is named after Georges Vanier, former Governor General of Canada and his wife, Pauline. We are posting this page because it gives valuable information about the families we serve in our Family Life Education programs.
- To promote the spiritual and material well-being of Canadian families
- To study their social, physical, mental, moral and financial environment and characteristics
- To work with and encourage cooperation among charitable, religious, educational, welfare, cultural and other organizations
- To seek the support of the various faiths in Canada and to further their joint endeavours for family betterment
Resources: Selected Fact Sheets
- Families and Mental Health in Canada (November 2017)
- Indigenous Families in Canada (June 2017)
- Volunteering in Canada (April 2016)
- Births, Fertility and Contraception in Canada (March 2015)
- Fathers in Canada (June 2014)
- Mothers in Canada 2014(May 2014)
- Separation and Divorce in Canada (December 2013)
- Video Gaming in Canada (December 2013)
- Young Caregivers in Canada (Fascinating Families)(November 2013)
- Immigrant Families at Work in Canada (November 2013)
- Religion and Spirituality in Canada (October 2013)
- Moving and Migration in Canada (September 2013)
- The Economic Well-Being of Women in Canada (March 2013)
- Same-Sex Couples Raising Children (Fascinating Families)(March 2013)
- Modern Families (January 2013)
- Blended Families: New Challenges and Opportunities (Fascinating Families)(November 2012)
- Families and Technology (September 2012)
- Teen Pregnancy: Supporting Young Parents (Fascinating Families)(May 2012)
- Trying to Conceive: Infertility in Canada (Fascinating Families)(March 2012)
- Blending Family Traditions (Fascinating Families)(January 2012)
“Today’s society and today’s families would have been difficult to imagine, let alone understand, a half-century ago. Data shows that families and family life in Canada have become increasingly diverse and complex across generations – a reality highlighted when one looks at broader trends over time.
But even as families evolve, their impact over the years has remained constant. This is due to the many functions and roles they perform for individuals and communities alike – families are, have been and will continue to be the cornerstone of our society, the engine of our economy and at the centre of our hearts.
Learn about the evolution of families in Canada over the past half-century with our Families in Canada Interactive Timeline, an online resource from the Vanier Institute that highlights trends on diverse topics such as motherhood and fatherhood, family relationships, living arrangements, children and seniors, work–life, health and well-being, family care and much more.”