The Vanier Institute of the Family envisions a Canada where families engage and thrive in a caring and compassionate society, with a robust and prosperous economy, in an inclusive and vibrant culture, in a safe and sustainable environment.


The Vanier Institute of the Family seeks to understand families in Canada, family life and family experience, expectations and aspirations. We are dedicated to understanding how families interact with, have an impact on and are affected by social, economic, environmental and cultural forces.

Core Beliefs and Values

We believe that families are diverse, complex and dynamic, and are the most adaptable institution in our society.

To be able to fully understand families, we need to accurately document families, family life, and family experiences, expectations and aspirations using a balanced perspective.

Building on accurate observations, we make evidence-based forecasts and anticipate, plan and prepare for the future.

We are respectful, inclusive, and dedicated to learning.

We collaborate and partner with others using a strength-based perspective and actively engage in conversation about and with families.

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