Twitter bird logo


Social Assistance and Marital Decision-Making in Canada

What is the relationship between marital status and social-assistance participation? Canadian analysis on how social-assistance policies may discourage marriage provides mixed results. However it shows that regional variations such as labour market conditions and wage growth are important considerations when exploring social-assistance participation and marital d...

New Census Data Shows Fewer Children Living With Married Parents

This provincial and territorial breakdown of the 2016 family census data shows that kids in Canada’s wealthiest provinces are the most likely to be growing up in families with two married parents.

New Census Data Shows Fewer Children Living With Married Parents

For the first time since 1981, Census 2016 omitted the distinction between married and cohabiting parents with regards to children’s living arrangements. Cardus Family made a special request for this data and offers several reasons why we ought to return to distinguishing between marriage and cohabitation with every census release.

Missing Family Dynamics

Dr. Mark Milke considers the role of family factors in changing rates of poverty and inequality, for the first time in Canada. The data show that the family form with the highest income level (two parents with children) diminished from 71.6 percent of families in 1976 to just 49.8 percent of families in 2014. Family fracturing appears to correlate with changing i...

Building Instability

The new 2016 Census family data has been released. This new information will help us understand how marriage, divorce, cohabitation, and many other indicators are faring in our country. Data comparison with years gone by is more difficult this year, given the way in which Statistics Canada is presenting the data. In many instances, the disparate family forms of c...

What Should Parents Think About Bill 89?

A spate of media articles has caused Ontario parents real concern. Here’s what happened and where parents should—and should not—be concerned.

Supporting Natural Caregivers

As Canada is experiencing a demographic shift towards an aging society, the growing demand on natural caregivers will require the mobilization of community support systems. This paper acknowledges the current federal and provincial caregiver policies, then explores innovative international initiatives that build on community connectivity to support natural caregi...

Marriage is Good for Your Health

As governments and individuals struggle to make informed and well-considered public policy decisions on the issue of healthcare it is becoming increasingly important that they take into account the state of Canadian marriages. Marriage is Good for Your Health examines more than 50 published, empirical studies on the correlation between marital status and health. ...

Canadians' Work-Life Balance: What Gives?

One in three of working Canadians said they are dissatisfied with their work-life balance. Yet eighty-five percent said a satisfactory work-life balance is very important to them – so what gives? Canadians' Work-Life Balance is the fifth of five parts in the Canada Family Life project and is based on data from Nanos Research.

The Canada Family Life Project

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. Download the re...

A Statistical Overview of Palliative Care in Canada

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

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

Business Gone Quiet

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?

Banking on the Margins

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...

Lessons for Ontario: Education Diversity Across Canada

On November 5th, 2015 Cardus convened a group of senior-level stakeholders in education from across Canada. These stakeholders represented both public and independent school sectors. They were asked to consider this question: Would a warmer climate for school sector diversity improve education in Ontario? This question was last examined in Ontario in 1985 when Dr...

Toward a Warmer Climate for Ontario's Private Schools

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, bureaucr...