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Families Count 2024: new resource on family structure now available

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Families Count 2024 is now available

July 1, 2021

Timeline: 50 Years of Families in Canada (1971‑2021)

Learn about how families and family experiences in Canada have changed over the past 50 years with our new timeline!

July 1, 2021

Today’s society and today’s families would have been difficult to imagine, let alone understand, a half-century ago. Data shows that families and family life in Canada have become increasingly diverse and complex across generations – a reality highlighted when one looks at broader trends over time.

Learn about the evolution of families in Canada over the past half-century with our  interactive timeline, an online resource from the Vanier Institute that highlights trends and developments that relate to and/or have had an impact on families and family life.

Your feedback is valued!

This timeline is a “living document” – we will be continually adding content and links for further learning to this resource over time, and we strongly encourage our readers and stakeholders to contact us with feedback and suggestions!

Design and research by Alex Foster-Petrocco, Nathan Battams and Gaby Novoa