Transition explores the diversity and complexity of families and the reality of family life in Canada. Produced in English and French, Transition features contributions by field experts and academics to keep readers updated on a variety of family-related topics.

Transition has been one of the Vanier Institute’s key resources over the decades. This publication has been read by researchers, educators, students, journalists, family service workers, policy-makers and parents interested in the stories and statistics behind families, family life and family experiences, expectations and aspirations across the country.

Below you can find the Transition archive of online and print articles. Note that as of January 2016, Transition is exclusively an online publication (titles below are hyperlinked). Individual articles and complete editions from 2013–2015 are also available below in PDF format. For issues published before 2013, contact the Editor.

We are seeking contributions to Transition. Read our submission guidelines and contact our publications team if you would like to submit an article for consideration.





Vol. 45 No. 1 Sleep, Family Meals, Family Formation (PDF)

  • 50 Years of Understanding Families in Canada by Nora Spinks (PDF)
  • Sleep and Families by Dr. David B. Posen, M.D. (PDF)
  • OFF THE VANIER BOOKSHELF: Family Futures (UNDESA-DSPD) by Sara MacNaull (PDF)
  • (Still) Eating Together: The Culture of the Family Meal by Paul Fieldhouse (PDF)
  • No Longer Just “Child’s Play”: Electronic Gaming in Canada by Nathan Battams (PDF)
  • FACTS AND STATS: Births, Fertility and Contraception (PDF)


Vol. 45 No. 2 50 Years: Looking Back, Looking Forward (PDF)

  • Looking Forward to the Next 50 Years by Nora Spinks (PDF)
  • Reflections on Reaching 50 by Al MacKay (PDF)
  • Beyond the “Ideal”: Beryl Plumptre and the Vanier Institute’s Definition of “Family” by Alan Mirabelli (PDF)
  • Beyond the Boardroom Table by Robert Glossop, PhD (PDF)
  • Looking Back: Alumni Reflections on the Vanier Institute (PDF)
  • OFF THE VANIER BOOKSHELF: The Family in Canada (Dr. Frederick Elkin) by Cindy Graham (PDF)
  • General The Right Honourable Georges P. Vanier: A Life of Devotion by Nathan Battams (PDF)
  • A Day with Madame Vanier by Carmen Couillard Bjerre, PhD (PDF)
  • Family Insights Over the Years (PDF)
  • Family Is… by Sara MacNaull (PDF)


Vol. 45 No. 3 Family Law, Parenting and Diversity (PDF)

  • Reflections on the Families in Canada Conference 2015 by Nora Spinks (PDF)
  • Collaborative Settlement: Resolving Disputes After Separation or Divorce by John-Paul Boyd, MA, LLB (PDF)
  • OFF THE VANIER BOOKSHELF: Parenting Through the Storm (Ann Douglas) by Cindy Graham (PDF)
  • Strength in Diversity: Positive Impacts of Children with Disabilities by Michelle R. Lodewyks (PDF)
  • Respect, Reconciliation and Resilience: Phil Fontaine and Archbishop Weisgerber in Conversation by Nathan Battams (PDF)
  • FACTS AND STATS: Access to Medical Doctors in Canada (PDF)


Vol. 45 No. 4 Modern Relationships, Birth, Flexible Work Arrangements (PDF)

  • Transition in Transition by Nora Spinks (PDF)
  • Modern Maternity Care in Canada by Cecilia Benoit (PDF)
  • The National Families in Canada Listening Tour (PDF)
  • OFF THE VANIER BOOKSHELF: Modern Romance (Aziz Ansari) by Nathan Battams (PDF)
  • Caring Enough to Flex, Flexing Enough to Care by Sara MacNaull (PDF)
  • Financial Literacy Across Generations by Nathan Battams (PDF)
  • Modern Motherhood: The Unique Experiences of Physically Disabled Women by Lesley A. Tarasoff (PDF)
  • FACTS AND STATS: Modern Couples in Canada (PDF)

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Vol. 44 No. 1 Family, Privacy, Community and Care (PDF)

  • Strong Families, Healthy Communities by Nora Spinks (PDF)
  • Putting the “F” in EFAP: The Evolution of Workplace Mental Health Supports by Craig Thompson (PDF)
  • OFF THE VANIER BOOKSHELF: Mogul, Mom, & Maid – The Balancing Act of the Modern Woman (Liz O’Donnell) by Sara MacNaull (PDF)
  • To Share or Not to Share: Online Privacy and Publicity Among Canadian Youth by Matthew Johnson (PDF)
  • Caring Canines: Therapy Dogs and Well-Being by Paula Cayley (PDF)
  • Marking a Moment in Time by Nicole Kennedy (PDF)
  • FACTS AND STATS: Multiple Births in Canada (PDF)


Vol. 44 No. 2 Modern Fatherhood, Aging, Caregiving (PDF)

  • Stories and Statistics by Nora Spinks (PDF)
  • Modern Caregiving in Canada by Janet E. Fast and Donna S. Lero (PDF)
  • Infographic: Post-secondary Education in Canada (PDF)
  • OFF THE VANIER BOOKSHELF: Retirement in Canada (Thomas R. Klassen) by Nathan Battams (PDF)
  • Modern Fatherhood: Paternal Involvement and Family Relationships by Ian DeGeer, Humberto Carolo and Todd Minerson (PDF)
  • Transnational Caregiving: Family Members in Canada Caring Across Borders by Aru Sharma (PDF)
  • A Little Support Can Go a Long Way: Reflections on Depression and Anxiety by Christy Buttigieg (PDF)
  • FACTS AND STATS: Nutrition in Canada (PDF)


Vol. 44 No. 3 Family Aspirations, Finances, Work (PDF)

  • Partnerships and Collaborations by Nora Spinks (PDF)
  • Families and Work in Canada by Nora Spinks and Nathan Battams (PDF)
  • OFF THE VANIER BOOKSHELF: All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood (Jennifer Senior) by Cindy Graham (PDF)
  • Canadian Family Finances: Summary of the 2013–2014 Report by Nathan Battams, Nora Spinks and Roger Sauvé (PDF)
  • Modern Women Without Children by Cindy Graham (PDF)
  • Perspectives on Family: What Does It Mean to Belong? by Sara MacNaull (PDF)
  • FACTS AND STATS: Modern Families 2014 (PDF)


Vol. 44 No. 4 Demographics, Ageism, Family Violence (PDF)

  • Continuing the Conversation by Nora Spinks (PDF)
  • Modern Money Management by Stacy Yanchuk Oleksy (PDF)
  • Ageism and the Experience of Health Care by Nathan Battams (PDF)
  • OFF THE VANIER BOOKSHELF: The Healing Journey: Intimate Partner Abuse and Its Implications in the Labour Market (Linda DeRiviere) by Nathan Battams (PDF)
  • Intergenerational Relations and Social Change by Donna S. Lero, PhD (PDF)
  • Families Living Across the Globe by Cindy Graham (PDF)
  • What’s in a Name? Defining Family in a Diverse Society by Alan Mirabelli (PDF)
  • FACTS AND STATS: House and Home in Canada (PDF)



Vol. 43 No. 1 Military Families, Communications and Media (PDF)

  • Caring for Each Other, Together and Apart: Military Families in Canada by Vicky Snyder (PDF)
  • Dividing Matrimonial Property: Common-Law Partners Still Excluded from Property Laws by Rollie Thompson (PDF)
  • Strengthening Ties Through Technology by Nathan Battams (PDF)
  • Elder Meditation for Stronger Family Identity by Elizabeth Sterritt (PDF)
  • OFF THE VANIER BOOKSHELF: Father Involvement in Canada: Diversity, Renewal, and Transformation (Jessica Ball and Kerry Daly, Eds.) by Nathan Battams (PDF)
  • “Gambling with Our (Kids’) Futures” Revisited by Nathan Battams (PDF)
  • Young Carers Gaining Visibility in Canada by Vass Bednar (PDF)
  • FACTS AND STATS: Family Businesses (PDF)


Vol. 43 No. 2 Prolonged Parenting, Modern Families (PDF)

  • Modern Family Is… by Nora Spinks (PDF)
  • Prolonged Parenting: Extending the Limits of Active Parenting by Kerry Daly (PDF)
  • OFF THE VANIER BOOKSHELF: Reshaping the Work–Family Debate: Why Men and Class Matter (Joan C. Williams) by Sara MacNaull (PDF)
  • Modern Families, Modern Living Arrangements – Part 1: Living Apart Together by Jenni Tipper (PDF)
  • Modern Families, Modern Living Arrangements – Part 2: Living Together Apart by Jenni Tipper (PDF)
  • Coping with Cancer: The Challenges Men Face by Lisa M. Wenger (PDF)
  • Meet the Roommates: Mom and Dad by Alena Novoa (PDF)
  • Sharing the Double Burden: A New Model of Domestic Happiness by Roderic Beaujot, Zenaida Ravanera and Jianye Liu (PDF)
  • When Cupboards Are Bare: Food Insecurity and Public Health by Nathan Battams (PDF)
  • FACTS AND STATS: Video Gaming in Canada (PDF)


Vol. 43 No. 3 Youth Online in Canada, Multigenerational Living (PDF)

  • The 200-Year Present by Nora Spinks (PDF)
  • Connected, Mobile and Social: The Online Lives of Canadian Youth by Matthew Johnson (PDF)
  • OFF THE VANIER BOOKSHELF: Valuing Children: Rethinking the Economics of the Family (Nancy Folbre) by Nathan Battams (PDF)
  • In It Together: Multigenerational Living in Canada by Nathan Battams (PDF)
  • Charities and Non-Profits: A Strategic Component of Canada’s Success by Brian Emmett (PDF)
  • The Canadian Death Experience: Summary of Death, Dying and Canadian Families by Audrey Miller (PDF)
  • Canada’s Military Families and the Military Family Services Program by Roxanna Gumiela (PDF)
  • FACTS AND STATS: Commuting in Canada (PDF)


Vol. 43 No. 4 Uniqueness, Bias and Inclusion (PDF)

  • Families in Canada: Adaptive and Resilient by Nora Spinks (PDF)
  • Celebrating Ian: A Unique Parenting Experience by Ann Douglas (PDF)
  • OFF THE VANIER BOOKSHELF: Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity (Andrew Solomon) by Nathan Battams (PDF)
  • Diversity and Inclusion: Understanding the Impact of Unconscious Bias by Nora Spinks and Nathan Battams (PDF)
  • Life After Work: Retirement and the Health + Wealth Equation by Aru Sharma (PDF)
  • Wealth and Well-Being Among Canada’s Children by Carol Matusicky (PDF)
  • Fit and Fun as a Family by Laura Zuccaro (PDF)
  • Beyond Ramps: The Language of Ableism by Sharon Caldwell (PDF)
  • FACTS AND STATS: Volunteering in Canada (PDF)