Our Research

New Census Data Shows Fewer Children Living With Married Parents: Provincial and Territorial Breakdown
REPORT March 22nd

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.

Bringing Thou Back In
REPORT March 5th

This report examines the correlation between religious school attendance, pro-social attitudes, and civic involvement. Are religious school graduates more likely to vote, attend a community meeting, or engage in some other action that contributes to the common good? Author David Sikkink at the University of Notre Dame examines these issues through an analysis of a major American longitudinal data set.

No Longer the Best: The Effects of Restrictive Tendering on the Region of Waterloo
REPORT March 1st

While the issue of restrictive tendering is the result of provincial law made in Toronto for the whole province, it is local communities, and the citizens, workers, and companies living and working there, that are affected. This paper focuses on data from one particular municipality, the Region of Waterloo, which, because of its relatively recent certification as a construction employer, did not have data that fit within the time frame studied by our previous papers.

New Census Data Shows Fewer Children Living With Married Parents: National Breakdown
REPORT February 14th

This national and historic breakdown of the 2016 family census data examines how, 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.

Walking the Path: The Religious Lives of Young Adults in North America
REPORT January 30th

Using Cardus Education Survey data, University of Notre Dame analysts say that attending a Protestant Evangelical school has a measurable effect on graduates that is distinct from the influence of family, socio-economic background, or church life.

Navigating Social Capital Scholarship
REPORT January 18th

Academic interest in social capital is robust, extensive, and growing. It ranges across dozens of disciplines from economics to geography to medicine. Cardus Social Cities has reviewed more than 9,000 sources from the Web of Science Core Collection to help scholars, policy-makers, and community leaders understand social capital and how it works. This whitepaper provides a large-data-set overview of the extensive landscape of published academic work on social capital. It also examines four important categories of social capital: trust, measurement, spatial dynamics, and social isolation.

Payday Loan Regulations: A Horse Race Between Red Tape and Innovation
REPORT January 11th

Ontario’s new payday lending rules kicked in this year. They’re supposed to strengthen the hand of consumers who borrow less than $1500 for terms of less than 60 days. But will the rules succeed?

Cardus graded the new regulations according to research drawn from our report “Banking on the Margins: Finding Ways to Build an Enabling Small-Dollar Credit Market”. Here are the results:

Promises, Promises
REPORT December 15th

What is the impact of schooling experiences on the formation, quality, and stability of marriages and other romantic relationships of young adults? This report brings evidence to bear on the hypothesis that schools contribute to family formation and flourishing.

Cardus Education Policy Round Tables Summary
REPORT December 15th

In the fall of 2017 Cardus Education hosted four by-invitation education policy round tables across Canada.

Up, Up, and Away
REPORT December 6th

The empirical results of this paper, which compiles bidding data from a variety of Ontario municipalities over time, suggest that restricting tendering to a select group of firms on the basis of their workers’ affiliations will lead to higher costs for municipalities than if they tendered their projects to all qualified bidders, with the strong possibility that municipalities will pay a substantial magnitude more.