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June 14, 2020

Vanier Institute and Brock University Explore Impact of Family Policies

September 14, 2020

The Vanier Institute is excited to announce our partnership with the Brock University-led seven-year research program “What Is the Best Policy Mix for Diverse Canadian Families with Young Children? Re-imagining Family Polices.”

With a $2.5 million grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the project is bringing together an international team of researchers to study how child care services, parental leave policies and employment policies impact diverse Canadian families.

The research project will explore four key questions:

  • How are current Canadian child care, parental leave and employment policies structured, financed and delivered, and what can we learn from national and international research?
  • What impacts do Canadian policies have on how diverse families live, work and care for their children, and what can we learn from their lived experiences?
  • What approaches and data are needed to measure the effectiveness and inclusiveness of these family policies?
  • What is the best policy mix for Canada’s diverse families with young children?

The team will also develop innovative approaches to assess and measure “how these policies are designed for – and experienced by – diverse Canadian families,” including Indigenous, racialized, newcomer, single-parent, LGBTQI2S and low-income families.

Access the project announcement here.