About Us


The Vanier Institute of the Family is a national, independent, charitable organization dedicated to understanding the diversity and complexity of families and the reality of family life in Canada. Through publications, research initiatives, presentations and social media, the Institute works to enhance the national understanding of how families interact with, have an impact on and are affected by social, economic, environmental and cultural forces.

The Vanier Institute is an evidence-based teaching and learning organization. We are a national resource for anyone interested in or involved with families in Canada. Through our publications, presentations and Web resources, we provide a wealth of information about families and family life, family experiences, expectations and aspirations.

By analyzing data, synthesizing information, organizing resources and mobilizing knowledge, we continually increase our understanding of families in Canada. We facilitate and engage in conversations, we collect stories from families and people who work with families or study family life, and we identify leading and promising practices in communities, organizations and workplaces.

Using the family lens, we analyze data from our surveys and projects and from other sources, including Statistics Canada and our research and community partners. We synthesize this information and publish reports, fact sheets and magazines. We organize resources and mobilize knowledge at events, online and in the media. We facilitate conversations at “listening/learning events” and “speaking/teaching events,” such as kitchen table dialogues, round tables, community engagement events, conferences and webinars.

Please refer to the Canada Revenue Agency website to view our registered charity information return.