Reimagining Care/Work Policies

The Vanier Institute has partnered with Brock University, and over 30 other partners (mainly non-profit, charitable, community and government) and 50 co-investigators and collaborators, to work on a seven-year program focused on Reimagining Care/Work Policies: Towards Equitable, Inclusive Family Futures.

The project team includes leading researchers from across Canada and around the world. The team will study how programs and policies (especially childcare, parental leave and employment policies) impact the everyday lives and the well-being of diverse Canadian families, including Indigenous, racialized, newcomer, solo-parent, LGBTQI2S and low-income families.

Research Focus
  • How current Canadian childcare, parental leave and employment policies are structured, financed and delivered, and what we can learn from national and international research
  • What impacts Canadian policies have on how diverse families live, work and care for their children, and what we can learn from their lived experiences
  • The approaches and data needed to measure the effectiveness and inclusiveness of these family policies
  • What the best policy mixes are for Canada’s diverse families with young children

A $2.5 million grant was received from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), through their Partnership Grant program, which supports formal partnerships between academic researchers and a range of community, non-profit, public sector and private sector partners. The project also raised 117% matching funds from partnering organizations.

Project Timeline

The project will span from 2020 to 2027.

Vanier Institute’s Role

Research partner

Project Lead

Andrea Doucet, PhD
Canada Research Chair in Gender, Work and Care
Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies
Brock University

Project Co-Founders/Co-Investigators

Martha Friendly
Executive Director, Childcare Research and Resource Unit

Donna Lero, PhD
Professor Emerita, University of Guelph

Susan Prentice, PhD
Duff Roblin Professor of Government
University of Manitoba

Project Staff
  • Jennifer Turner, Project Manager
  • Ashley Do Nascimento, Knowledge Mobilization Coordinator
Vanier Lead
Learn More

Reimagining Care/Work Policies website


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