COVID-19: Continuity and Adaptation at the Vanier Institute

(March 16, 2020) Since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, organizations across Canada have adapted to comply with requests from public health officials to practise social distancing and avoid non-essential travel.

To support these broader efforts while keeping our team safe, healthy and able to care for family and friends, the Vanier Institute of the Family is adapting its operations and activities on a temporary basis.

Please note that until further notice:

  • Our team will be working remotely but will remain accessible by email, though there may be some irregularities in response times. Our office will be closed.
  • Any and all meetings will be conducted via teleconferencing or over the phone.

We recognize that this is not an easy time for many people, including those with young children, family members caring for loved ones or those trying to stay connected across great distances. Families are the most adaptable institution in our society. Most will “weather this storm” with renewed commitment to each other and more appreciation for their bonds.

Unfortunately, a few will find this extremely difficult, such as families living with scarcity and low income, families in complex relationships and families living in inadequate housing. We will continue to monitor family experiences and work with our stakeholder partners as we move forward.

We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we navigate this complex and rapidly evolving situation.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at

Kind regards,

The Vanier Institute Team

Published on March 16, 2020

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