Families make up the building blocks of society. They are evident in all societies and have a significant influence on people and their lives, providing important functions of socialization and reproduction.
Simply put, a family can be defined as two or more people who are related by blood, marriage/partnership or adoption, that live together for a certain period of their lives.
The traditional family, a married couple with 2.5 children, has been reconfigured to include cohabiting couples (with or without children), lone parent families, blended or step-families, same-sex couples, couples who remain childless by choice, and intergenerational families.
Our goal is to create an environment in which academics, policymakers and service providers can dialogue and learn from one another to ensure that individuals in Canadian families, in all their variation, can be productive and successful members of society.
Policy Session at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Canadian Population Society
Family and Households - Policy Session
Session Organizer: Zheng Wu (University of Victoria)
Session Chair: Roderic Beaujot (University of Western Ontario)
Discussant: Clarence Lochhead (Executive Director, The Vanier Institute of the Family)
A Portrait of Mixed Unions, Hélène Maheux, Tina Chui, and Anne Milan (Statistics Canada).
Duration of Marriages and Common Law Unions in Canada and Quebec: New Comparisons using the 2001 and 2006 General Social Survey on the Family, Benoit Laplante (Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique) and Benoit Hébert (Human Resources and Skills Development Canada)
Determinants and Implicit Wage Costs of the Availability of Family Friendly Work Practices in Canada, Ali Fakih (University of Montreal)
Neighbourhood Disadvantage, Neighbourhood Social Capital and Change of Neighbourhood as Predictors of School Readiness in Canada, Charles Jones and Jing Shen (University of Toronto).
2010 Socio-Economic Conference
Canadian Families and Policy Challenges
Future Older People in the Most Vulnerable Situation in Terms of Health, Family Situation and Living Arrangement: A Comparison of Canada with Some European Countries, Jacques Légaré, Yann Décarie, Patrick Charbonneau, Janice Keefe, Joëlle Gaymu and Équipe FELICIE, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Québec
Policy and Fertility: An Empirical Study of Chilbearing in Canada
Benoît Laplante and Jean-Dominique Morency, Urbanisation, Culture et Société- Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), Montréal, Québec
Reconfiguring Intergenerational Relations and Exchanges: Policy Challenges to the Production/Protection Nexus
Susan A. McDaniel, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta
4th Population, Work, Family Policy Research Collaboration
Family Structure and Family Relationships
The role of social support for immigrant parents and their young children, Zohreh Yaghoub Zadeh (Canadian Council on Learning)
The distinct society: Cohabitation and recent questions of the prevalence and meaning of cohabitation in Quebec, Benoît Laplante (Institut national de la recherche scientifique)
Families, Work and Well-being
Juggling with one hand: Managing work family balance as a single parent, Karen Duncan, Rachael Pettigrew, and Ruth E. Berry (University of Manitoba)
Fertility Decisions: Opportunities, Risks and Outcomes
From 145,000 annual births – the peak of the baby boom in Quebec to 80,000: could wise population policies prevent intergenerational inequity and financial hecatomb for the baby bust and their progeny?, Jacques Légaré (Université de Montréal)
Voluntary and involuntary childlessness in Canada, Barry Edmonston, and Sharon M. Lee (University of Victoria)
Fertility intentions of immigrant generations: Implications for population and labour force trends, Sharon M. Lee and Barry Edmonston (University of Victoria)
3rd Population, Work, Family Policy Research Collaboration
Earning, Caring, and Public Policy
Models of earning and caring: Trends in Time Use, Roderic Beaujot, University of Western Ontario, Jianye Liu, Lakehead University and Zenaida Ravanera, University of Western Ontario
Do Work Arrangements Increase the Experience of Work-Family Balance and Reduce Time Crunch? Evidence from the 2005 General Social Survey, Karen A. Duncan, Rachael Pettigrew, and Ruth E. Berry, University of Manitoba
Lone Mothers’ Strategies for Balancing Market and Family Care Relations on Social Assistance: Implications for Future Policy Developments, Amber Gazso, York University
Family Formation and Independent Living
Les trajectoires d’insertion dans le marché du travail et de formation de la famille des générations de jeunes Canadiens, 1976-2006, Benoît Laplante, l'Institut national de la recherche sceintifique (INRS)
Opportunity structures and their influence on family formation among young Canadians , Rajulton Fernando, University of Western Ontario