The Vanier Institute of the Family is a national, independent, charitable organization committed to enhancing family wellbeing by making information about families accessible and actionable. Positioned at the centre of networks of researchers, educators, policymakers, and organizations with an interest in families, we share evidence and strengthen the understanding of families in Canada, in all their diversities, to support evidence-based decisions that promote family wellbeing.


A Canada that recognizes and supports the central role of families in society and invests in strengthening and being inclusive of their diverse expressions.


To advance the understanding of wellbeing of families in Canada in all their diversities, recognizing that families are at the core of a healthy and inclusive society.

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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