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 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.

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.