About The Vanier Institute of the Family

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.

Save the Date: Families in Canada Conference 2019 

On March 27 and 28, 2019, the Vanier Institute of the Family is hosting a national, pan-Canadian conference with simultaneous satellite regional conferences co-hosted by university partners.

What’s in a Name? Defining Family in a Diverse Society

A central component of the Vanier Institute's research over the past 50 years has been the functional definition of family used by the Vanier Institute since the late 1980s.

Vanier Institute CEO Nora Spinks Appointed to National Seniors Council

The Hon. Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors, and the Hon. Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, have appointed Vanier Institute CEO Nora Spinks to the National Seniors Council.

First Nations, Métis and Inuit Statistics: The Way Forward

On Wednesday, June 13, Chair of the Vanier Institute of the Family and President and CEO of Indigenous Works Kelly J. Lendsay will join a Statistics Canada panel on First Nations, Métis and Inuit in Canada.