Families Count 2024: new resource on family structure now available


Families Count 2024 is now available

Family Diversities and Wellbeing Framework

Family Identity

How family identities are constructed

The Family Identity lens focuses on how families view themselves and how they are perceived and represented by others.

Family identities can create a sense of belonging to a larger community with which families share common features and experiences. Yet, these identities may also be imposed on families in ways that create stigma and lead to marginalization and exclusion.

Some of these identities are represented in the family habits, rituals, traditions, and characteristics that bind people together.


•             Immigrant families

•             Indigenous families

•             LGBTQ2S+ families

•             Racialized families

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Research summaries / February 22, 2024

Research Snapshot: Family Experiences and Anti-Black Racism in Early Childhood Education

Summary of a study on how anti-Black racism affects Black Canadians in early childhood

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Research summaries / November 2, 2023

Research Snapshot: “Family Stories” and Intergenerational Voices of Adoption

A summary of a study on the effects of adoption in adulthood

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Infographics and factsheets / February 6, 2018

A Snapshot of Family Diversity in Canada (February 2018)

Download A Snapshot of Family Diversity in Canada (February 2018). For more than 50 years, the Vanier Institute of the Family has monitored, studied and discussed trends in families and family life in Canada. From the beginning, the evidence has consistently made one thing clear: there is no single story to tell, because families are […]

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