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.

University of Calgary Hosting #FAM2019 Satellite Event

On March 27 and 28, 2019, the University of Calgary will be hosting a satellite event for the Families in Canada Conference 2019!

University of Victoria Hosting #FAM2019 Satellite Event

On March 27 and 28, 2019, the University of Victoria will be hosting a satellite event for the Families in Canada Conference 2019!

University of Guelph Hosting #FAM2019 Satellite Event

On March 27 and 28, 2019, the Live Work Well Research Centre at the University of Guelph will be hosting a satellite event for the Families in Canada Conference 2019!

Save the Date: Families in Canada Conference 2019 

Visit the Families in Canada Conference 2019 website – #FAM2019 registration, program, presenter details and more coming soon!

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.