Family

Cardus Family conducts, compiles and disseminates Canadian research on family and marriage and their strengthening impact on civil society.

Program Director

Peter Jon Mitchell

Research & Policy

The Canada Family Life Project
The Canada Family Life Project
2016-06-01T00:00:00

Canadians place a high value on family. Yet a number of obstacles threaten their ability to achieve the family lives to which they aspire. Nanos Research reveals a number of gaps between Canadians’ realities and their expectations, especially regarding children and child care, the role of marriage, and care for aging parents and the elderly.

Plus: download the Nanos Research data reports and crosstabulations:
CARDUS Fertility Intentions Summary
CARDUS Family Life Summary
CARDUS Caregiving Summary

A Statistical Overview of Palliative Care in Canada
A Statistical Overview of Palliative Care in Canada
2016-05-31T00:00:00

This brief provides a national snapshot, identifying the gaps in data collection. It then provides short provincial summaries, noting specific provincial budgetary commitments to palliative care and a short review of demographic projections for each province.

Cardus-Pallium Canada Palliative Care Roundtable Summary
Cardus-Pallium Canada Palliative Care Roundtable Summary
2016-05-31T00:00:00

On April 27, Cardus, in partnership with Pallium Canada, convened an expert multi- disciplinary roundtable focused on the delivery of palliative care in Canada.

A is for Attachment
A is for Attachment
2016-04-14T00:00:00

Postcard from the Early Years Conference 2016

Business Gone Quiet
Business Gone Quiet
2016-04-05T00:00:00

Canadian businesses tend to be leading players in public policy debates, pushing governments to ask hard questions about costs and efficacy....except in K-12 education. The business community is virtually silent on an issue to which governments dedicate more money than any other service save health. This report asks, Why?

How the #changeroomproject isolates people
How the #changeroomproject isolates people
2016-04-01T00:00:00

Kind folks never needed it, and unkind folks won’t heed it. It’s a project that wanted to draw attention to vulnerabilities, but in so doing, actually isolated people more.

Families in the Federal Budget 2016
Families in the Federal Budget 2016
2016-03-21T00:00:00

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: If we were to assess the new family benefits forthcoming in the March 22 federal budget and offer a grade, we'd give the government a "B". The up side: there will be more money, a simpler benefit structure, and more flexibility for most families. The down side: the benefits may not be sustainable and are structured towards individual poverty reduction rather than a recognition that the family is an important societal institution.

Banking on the Margins
Banking on the Margins
2016-02-22T00:00:00

Our current payday loan market is failing consumers and society and government regulations alone cannot solve the current situation. Our new report, Banking on the Margins, aims at reforming Canada's payday loan market. In this report, we call for joint efforts between government, banks, credit unions and charities to provide customers with lower rate loans as an alternative to payday loans.

Cardus Statement on the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada
Cardus Statement on the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada
2016-02-09T00:00:00

The IMFC is being transitioned to Cardus as part of Cardus' ongoing work and mandate to help inform evidence-based conversations on the changing social architecture in Canada.

The Swedish Series
The Swedish Series
2016-01-15T00:00:00

An honest look at various aspects of daycare and parenting in a socialist "utopia". The Swedish government prioritizes government daycare by paying for it, while not paying for any other option.

This report was published under IMFC auspices.

The Canadian Family: Focus on Marriage
The Canadian Family: Focus on Marriage
2015-12-31T00:00:00

Marriage is a source of great societal stability. Unfortunately, marriage is on the decline, common law is on the rise, and lone parenting is also on the rise. The bulk of lone parents remain women. Thankfully, today in Canada, two married parents still remain the norm.

Financial Impact of Divorce
Financial Impact of Divorce
2015-12-31T00:00:00

Most international research on income and divorce suggests that women and children suffer more financially from a divorce than men.

Lessons for Ontario: Education Diversity Across Canada
Lessons for Ontario: Education Diversity Across Canada
2015-11-19T00:00:00

This paper summarizes the discussion convened by Cardus and explores the lessons that Ontario can learn about "warming the climate" for educational diversity from across Canada thirty years after Shapiro.

Is there really a daycare shortage?
Is there really a daycare shortage?
2015-04-28T00:00:00

Canadians often hear about the apparent need for more licensed daycare spaces. But what if the daycare shortage is not so much a shortage of spaces as a shortage of children in them?

This report was published under IMFC auspices.

Making sex education work
Making sex education work
2014-11-19T00:00:00

This report recounts the concerns parents expressed in 2010 and critiques some of the common claims made about sexuality education.

This report was published under IMFC auspices.

Toward a Warmer Climate for Ontario's Private Schools
Toward a Warmer Climate for Ontario's Private Schools
2014-09-04T00:00:00

What is Ontario going to do about its private schools? Cardus explores the need for a serious policy review in this discussion paper by Dr. Derek Allison, emeritus professor in the education faculty at Western University.

"Something of a chilly climate has developed toward non-public schools in Ontario," writes Allison. This report argues to politicians, bureaucrats, and fellow citizens that both private and public education are goods that can be intertwined and made interdependent to foster a stable, orderly, and integrated society.

The Marriage Gap Between Rich and Poor Canadians
The Marriage Gap Between Rich and Poor Canadians
2014-02-25T00:00:00

The first ever analysis of Statistics Canada data examining the link between marriage and income in Canada.

This report was published under IMFC auspices.

Canadian Daycare Desires
Canadian Daycare Desires
2013-05-23T00:00:00

Canadian parents matter. They are the most important input into their children's lives. Unfortunately, those designing public policy don't often turn to parents to ask what they prefer when it comes to childcare choices.

This report was published under IMFC auspices.

Family responses to bullying
Family responses to bullying
2012-11-26T00:00:00

Why governments won't stop bullying until families step up.

This report was published under IMFC auspices.

Finding fault with no-fault divorce
Finding fault with no-fault divorce
2012-02-22T00:00:00

Canadian law values marriage as a short-term prospect through no-fault divorce.

This report was published under IMFC auspices.

Benefits of marriage for adults
Benefits of marriage for adults
2011-09-15T00:00:00

Despite the depiction of married life in popular media as drudgery, social science has consistently shown that married people fair well across a number of measures of wellbeing.

The cost of a free lunch
The cost of a free lunch
2009-11-25T00:00:00

The Pascal proposal for full-day kindergarten has a hidden price tag that will impose very real costs on Ontario taxpayers.

This report was published under IMFC auspices.

Private choices, public costs
Private choices, public costs
2009-06-01T00:00:00

This report measures the cost of family breakdown to the public purse in Canada for the fiscal year 2005-2006. It estimates the funding directed at poverty alleviation due to family breakdown.

This report was published under IMFC auspices.

Growing up married, growing up common-law
Growing up married, growing up common-law
2009-03-01T00:00:00

Connecting parental marital status with teen attitudes and behaviours.

This report was published under IMFC auspices.

Getting children out of the house
Getting children out of the house
2008-07-01T00:00:00

Removing the Federal Government from the business of child care is tricky—but it can and should be done.

This report was published under IMFC auspices.

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