Families Count 2024: new resource on family structure now available

Families Count 2024 is now available


Vanier Institute resources

Available in English and French, our growing library of articles, summaries, fact sheets, and interviews provide accessible research and knowledge on wide‑ranging topics about families in Canada. Vanier Institute resources are written in plain, non‑technical language and are intended for a broad audience, including policymakers, educators, students, researchers, employers, community organizations, journalists, family professionals, and others with an interest in families and family wellbeing in Canada.

Our approach

The Vanier Institute’s work is guided by a core set of values, including:

Diversity and inclusion

Recognizing and fostering the contributions, presence, and perspectives of different groups of people


Developing and sharing rigorous, non‑partisan, knowledge-based information and resources that are informed by evidence


Working with diverse organizations and individuals to leverage talents and resources for greater reach and impact

Resources and tools

Resource centre

A searchable library of publications and resources about families and family wellbeing in Canada

Definition of family

An inclusive, widely cited definition of family developed by the Vanier Institute

Collaborations and partnerships

Collaboration and partnership are central to our approach. We engage and work with organizations and people from academia, the charitable sector, government, labour, and diverse communities to support family wellbeing. This allows us to leverage our respective strengths, enhance our capacity, and extend our reach.