Canadian Family Well-being Research Consortium

Connecting, collaborating and curating to optimize family well-being in Canada

To build a Canada where families engage and thrive in a caring and compassionate society, with a robust and prosperous economy, in an inclusive and vibrant culture, in a safe and sustainable environment, it is critical to have a comprehensive, evidence-based understanding of the many components and dimensions of well-being through a family lens.

This understanding is developed and strengthened through quality research on families, family life and the social, economic, cultural and environmental forces that impact and are impacted by families.

To optimize family well-being across Canada, the Vanier Institute of the Family is expanding the Canadian Family Well-being Research Consortium, which:

  • Connects people who study families in Canada from diverse disciplines and backgrounds – including scholars, analysts, pollsters, demographers and other researchers and knowledge specialists – with those who serve and support families;
  • Compiles evidence about families and family life from academic journals, reports and government documents mobilizing knowledge and identifying and filling knowledge gaps;
  • Optimizes family research by fostering partnerships and collaboration and by leveraging the respective strengths of individuals and organizations to maximize research impact;
  • Disseminates data and insights via knowledge translation activities such as publications, symposia, forums and roundtables;
  • Creates pan-Canadian learning opportunities related to family well-being to train and build the next generations of family researchers, while facilitating connections across generations of researchers;
  • Facilitates collaboration and partnerships between individuals and organizations with shared or complementary interests, projects and capacities to strengthen and support Canada’s community of family researchers; and
  • Expedites research to practice with resources for those who study, serve and support families in Canada.

The Consortium enables the development of effective

  • Evidence-driven actions and resources;
  • Evidence-informed decision-making;
  • Evidence-based practices, protocols and procedures; and
  • Evidence-inspired creativity and innovation.

Advisors to the Canadian Family Well-being Research Consortium include:

  • Heidi Cramm, PhD, OT Reg. (Ontario)
    Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen’s University and Associate Scientist, Strategic Initiatives, Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR)
  • Janet Fast, PhD
    Professor, Faculty of Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta
  • Jennifer Kaddatz
    Chief, Well-being and special projects, Statistics Canada
  • Donna S. Lero, PhD
    Professor Emerita, Department of Family Relations, University of Guelph
  • Christina Murray, BA, PhD, RN
    Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Prince Edward Island
  • Barbara Neis, PhD
    University Research Professor, Department of Sociology, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Canada is committed to supporting the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Canadian Family Well-being Research Consortium provides support to the SDG strategies, policies and programs, and measures impact and progress.

Get involved, stay informed, submit your expression of interest form for the Canadian Family Well-being Research Consortium.