We hope everyone had a wonderful summer with family, friends and community. It was a busy season at the Vanier Institute of the Family, as we continued sharing news, research and publications on modern families and family life in Canada.

Looking forward, there’s much excitement in the air as preparations are under way for the Families in Canada Conference 2019 that will be held on March 27 and 28, 2019.

What’s New


On March 27 and 28, 2019, the Vanier Institute of the Family will host the Families in Canada Conference 2019 – a national, pan-Canadian conference with simultaneous satellite regional conferences co-hosted by university partners across Canada.

This unique and inclusive series of events will bring together people with lived experiences and diverse leaders from across the country who study, serve and support families in Canada for two days of knowledge-sharing and catalytic conversation.

The theme is THINK BIG: How can we use big data to inform and inspire big ideas to have a big impact on family well-being in Canada?

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS, ABSTRACTS AND POSTERS: The Vanier Institute is currently seeking proposals and abstracts from those who study (e.g. researchers, knowledge mobilizers), serve (e.g. elected officials, community leaders), and/or support families (e.g. service providers, front-line workers). Presentations must focus on a theme/topic related to families and family life or family experiences, expectations and aspirations, and should aim to inform and inspire conference delegates in their work. LEARN MORE

Website and registration will open soon!


DOWNLOAD the Save the Date #FAM2019 postcard
ACCESS the Call for Presentations, Abstracts and Posters
SIGN UP for the #FAM2019 e-newsletter
FOLLOW the #FAM2019 hashtag
LIKE, FOLLOW and SHARE the #FAM2019 general page on Facebook
SIGN UP and SHARE the #FAM2019 event on Facebook
FOLLOW the #FAM2019 LinkedIn Showcase Page
CONTACT #FAM2019 Conference Coordination


What We’re Reading

What’s in the Media 

  • TYLER, Lillian Rebecca. Calgary Herald obituary of former Vanier Institute Board Member Lillian Rebecca Tyler.
  • What’s in a Name? The Aquinian article featuring Vanier Institute co-founder Mme Pauline Vanier.


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Published on September 28, 2018