Population Change and Lifecourse


2009 & Prior Projects

Thirteenth Annual Rocco C. and Marion S. Siciliano Forum

"Global Aging in the 21st Century: Challenges, Opportunities, and Implications for the U.S." was the theme of the conference held at the University of Utah on October 28, 2009. The Siciliano 2009 Forum, organized by Susan McDaniel of the Prentice Institute, University of Lethbridge and Zachary Zimmer of the Institute for Public & International Affairs, University of Utah, focused on three themes related to global aging: (1) healthy aging, health care and support; (2) opportunities and challenges associated with an aging workforce, including issues related to retirement and the provision of pensions; and (3) shifting intergenerational relations. The three themes were cross-cut by other dimensions that are intertwined with the dynamic process of aging, such as immigration, contrasting policy regimes and economic forces. In addition to Susan McDaniel, who is a member of the PCLC Executive Committee, three other PCLC members participated in the Forum: Julie McMullin, Neena Chappell, and Janet Fast.

Cluster funding support for the project: $6600.

CRDCN National Conference on Health over the Life Course

The Conference on Health over the Life Course was held at the University of Western Ontario on October 15-16, 2009 with a Pre-Conference on health data in the afternoon of October 14. The theme covered two types of research: (1) Life course analyses of factors affecting health; and (2) Analyses of health issues at given developmental stages. The keynote speakers were: Sylvain Segard, Director General of the Centre for Health Promotion of the Public Health Agency of Canada, and Kathleen Harris, the James Haar Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The conference was organized by the Research Data Centre, and the Centre of Health and Aging of the University of Western Ontario, and the Population Change and Lifecourse Strategic Knowledge Cluster. Several PCLC Cluster members participated in the Conference program as sessions presenters, chairs, and discussants.

No direct funding support from the Cluster.

Special issue of Canadian Public Policy on "The Lifecourse as a Policy Lens"

This special issue disseminates knowledge from six studies aimed at demonstrating with various data and methodological approaches, the utility of life course as a framework for policy analysis. The project was initially developed with the support of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, and brought together researchers from various places in Canada, and at varying career stages, with policy makers. The targeted audience for the special issue is anyone interested in policy in Canada, whether academics or policy people. The support of the Cluster as a sponsor of this special issue enables wide dissemination of policy-relevant research.

Canadian Public Policy/ Analyse de Politiques
Volume 37 Supplement 1, February 2011

Principal project proponent: Susan McDaniel (University of Lethbridge)
Cluster support for the project: $8,000

Publication of Canada’s Changing Population and Related Knowledge Mobilization Activities

The project supports McGill-Queens University Press’s publication of an edited volume that describes major demographic trends for Canada based on 2001 census data, and related knowledge mobilization activities. The volume provides an up-to-date analysis and discussion of important current issues in Canadian demography, with 18 chapters written by many of Canada’s leading population scholars, and targets researchers, students, policy makers, and general readers who are interested in Canadian population trends. The book will be featured in a number of knowledge mobilization activities including a session at the 5thSymposium of the Population, Work, and Family Research Collaboration (PWFC) in December, 2009, and a session at the 2010 annual meeting of the Canadian Population Society (CPS). The project will also involve production of research briefs and other ways of reaching the broader public and policy community regarding implications of the evidence and analyses in given chapters.

Cluster funding support for the project: $7500
More Information on Canada's Changing Population

Socioeconomic Inequalities in Health and the Welfare State: A Research Synthesis

The project will prepare, for public health researchers and the policy community, a synthesis of the public health literature on socioeconomic inequalities in health and the welfare state. Research on the social determinants of health and health inequalities has drawn increasingly from the comparative social policy literature. Much of the health research has relied mainly on one welfare regime typology; however, there is a need to explore and systematically and critically review the efficacy of alternative regime typologies. The project will conduct a search of key electronic data bases from 1970 to present in order to identify all observational and intervention studies that examine the relationship between the welfare state and morbidity and mortality. In addition to presenting the synthesis paper in the Health over the Life Course Conference in October 2009, publication of the paper and other knowledge mobilization activities will be done to reach public health researchers and the policy sector.

Proponents: Brennenstuhl, Sarah, Amelie Quesnel-Vallee, and Peggy McDonough
Cluster funding support for the project: $6420.

  • Full Report as seen in 2012. Welfare regimes, population health and health inequalities: a research synthesis. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 66:397-409.

ACFAS Conference on Social statistics and public policies

The PCLC has awarded a Knowledge Mobilization grant of $6,500 to co-sponsor a one-day conference on Social statistics and public policies: The challenge of the “convincing data” at the occasion of the annual meeting of Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS) on May 12 or 13, 2009 in Ottawa. The conference aims at presenting the results of high quality research, which can help clarify the formulation of public policies and contribute to the evaluation of the programs in fields such as the development of children, social inequalities in health, economic and social integration of immigrants, post secondary education, and poverty and social exclusion. The conference is sponsored by the Quebec Inter-University Centre for Social Statistics (represented by Céline Le Bourdais, Academic Director, Jean Poirier, Assistant Director, and Maryse Dion Tremblay, Coordinator) Canadian Research Data Centres Network (Heather Juby, Knowledge Transfer Coordinator), Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (Jean-Pierre Voyer, Chief Executive Officer), Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation (Anne Motte, Policy and Research Officer) and the Institute for Research on Public Policy (Sarah Fortin, Research Director). The funds from the PCLC cover mainly the expenses for 10 student participants to the conference.

The presentations and their summary in English are available at the Conference website.

Health over the Life Course at the 2009 Socio-Economic Conference of Statistics Canada

The Health over the Life Course thematic committee led by Amélie Quesnel-Vallée organized a session at Statistics Canada's 2009 Socio-Economic Conference on May 4-5. The papers presented in the session were:

  • “Socio-Economic Inequalities in Access to Health Care”
    Income, Access to Mental Health Services and Perceived Unmet Need in Canada
    Amélie Quesnel-Vallée, McGill University; Eric Latimer, Aihua Liu and Jean Caron, McGill University and Douglas Hospital Research Centre, Montréal

  • Arduous Access: Does Socio-economic Status Affect Access to Primary Care in Quebec, Canada?
    Tania Jenkins, McGill University

  • Health Care Access - who gets it and who doesn’t? Evidence from the National Population Health Survey (1994-2006)
    Maninder Singh Setia, Amelie Quesnel-Vallee, Michal Abrahamowicz, and Pierre Tousignant, McGill University
    John Lynch, University of South Australia

Lunch sessions on public policy at the Canadian Population Society meeting

Two lunch sessions sponsored by the PCLC will be held in the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Population Society on May 27-29 at Carleton University in Ottawa on the occasion of the 2009 Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences:

  • On May 27, Immigration and Public Policy (Session Organizer and Chair: Ann Kim, York University; Discussant: Howard Duncan Executive Head, Metropolis Project; May 27)

  • On May 28, Family and Households - Policy Session (Session Organizer and Chair: Zheng Wu, University of Victoria; Discussant: Clarence Lochhead, Executive Director, The Vanier Institute of the Family)

On May 26, the first Canadian Population Society Graduate Research Development Conference , a training and knowledge mobilization project funded by the PCLC, will take place also at Carleton University.

Cluster funding support for the project: $6053.

Policy Dialogue: The Lifecourse Perspecitve as a Policy Lens

The Lifecourse Perspective as a Policy Lens was the theme of the policy dialogue organized by the Policy Directorate of Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC). The Dialogue, held in January 30, 2009 at Westin Hotel in Ottawa, showcased the results of an HRSDC-funded research program undertaken by a team of investigators led by Paul Bernard of Université de Montréal and Susan McDaniel of University of Utah. The research program examined a number of different policy-relevant issues using the principles of lifecourse analysis.

Pre-PWFC Symposium Event, 2008

The Cluster held a Pre-Symposium Event on December 8, 2008 at Hilton Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, taking advantage of the presence of several Cluster members attending the 4th Symposium of the Population, Work, and Family Policy Research Collaboration (PWFC). There were 38 participants, of whom 10 were students.

HRSDC Conference: Monitoring Canadian Families

Monitoring Canadian Families over the Lifecourse, was the theme of the conference held in September 26 at the Holiday Inn Plaza Chaudière, Gatineau, Quebec. The investigators, who are Cluster members, presented the results of research projects funded by the Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC) through the Social Research Division of its Policy Research Directorate. Most of the projects were funded through a Memorandum of Understanding between HRSDC and Rod Beaujot on the research program, Earning, Caring and Public Policy.

Hidden Costs and Invisible Contributions

The HCIC holds a Policy Workshop on Caregiving and Employment: Moving Policy and Practice Forward on June 17, 2008 at the Crowne Plaza in Ottawa. The workshop includes sessions on Caregiving and Employment and on Caregiving in Context.

Knowledge Translation Training

New professors and researchers and Ph.D students attended a pilot workshop on communicating quantitative social science research findings at the University of Western Ontario on April 3-4.


Horizons, a peer-reviewed journal published by the Policy Research Initiative mainly for the federal policy community, featured research papers of PCLC cluster members in its recent issues:

  • The Current Well-Being of Registered Indian Youth: Concerns for the Future? Éric Guimond and Martin J. Cooke. Horizons 10(1):26-30.

  • Population Change in Canada to 2017 and Beyond: the Challenges of Policy Adaptation. Roderic Beaujot, Kevin McQuillan, and Zenaida Ravanera.
    Horizons 9(4):3-12.

  • The Interconnected Dynamics of Population Change and Life-Course Processes . Paul Bernard. Horizons 9(4):13-16

  • The Health of Tomorrow's Older Canadians: An Application of Statistics Canada's LifePaths Microsimulation Model. Jacques Légaré, Marc-Antoine Busque, Samuel Vézina, and Yann Décarie. Horizons 9(4):51-53

  • Gender Models for Family and Work. Roderic Beaujot. Horizons 8(3):24-26.

  • Equality of Opportunity and Inequality Across the Generations: Challenges Ahead. Miles Corak. Horizons 8(3):43-50.

At the Breakfast on the Hill

Zheng Wu, Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology, University of Victoria, and a member of the PCLC Leadership Group made a presentation at the Breakfast on the Hill Lecture Series of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS) in October 23, 2007.The CHFSS website describes the Series as "specifically designed to bring research directly to the attention of parliamentarians, government officials, the broader public and the media." Zheng Wu's presentation (with an accompanying newsletter) entitled "Shacked Up" describes the trends and patterns of cohabitation in Canada, its reasons, meanings, and consequences.

At Western Research Data Centre

The UWO RDC has launched an e-Newsletter featuring published papers based on research done at the Research Data Centre. The featured paper is presented at a Brown Bag Series that focuses on the implications of the research findings. Papers of PCLC members recently featured include:

  • Parents and Friends Make a Difference in the Education of Children of Immigrants based on, in the Journal of Youth Studies 12(2). Teresa Abada and Eric Tenkorang

  • Modern family attitudes, more childbearing: Exploring a low-fertility paradox based on Attitude toward Childbearing outside of Marriage in Canada, forthcoming in 2009 in the Journal of Comparative Family Studies. Amir Erfani and Roderic Beaujot.

  • Does socioeconomic context influence the health of Canada’s First Nations population?  based on New Vistas on the Income Inequality-Health Debate: The Case of Canada's First Nations Reserve Population. 2007.Ph.D. dissertation, University of Western Ontario. Nicholas David Spence.

  • Moving south for better paid jobs? The experience of the 2000 cohort of university graduates. based on  Revisiting Canada’s Brain Drain: Evidence from the 2000 Cohort of Canadian University Graduates.Canadian Public Policy 34(3):305-320. Zarifa, David and David Walters.

  • Disabled or “just getting old”? How perceptions of activity limitations can affect workplace realities based on Ageing, disability and workplace accommodations in Ageing and Society 26:832-847. Julie Ann McMullin and Kim Shuey.

  • Social cohesion: An experiment in measuring the indefinable based on Measuring Social Cohesion: An Experiment Using the Canadian Survey of Giving, Volunteering, and Participating in Social Indicators Research 80:461-492. Fernando Rajulton, Zenaida R. Ravanera and Roderic Beaujot

  • Have Income, Will Marry based on Changes in Economic Status and Timing of Marriage of Young Canadians in Canadian Studies in Population 34(1):49-67. Zenaida Ravanera and Fernando Rajulton.

  • The Acculturation of Canadian Immigrants: Determinants of Ethnic Identification with the Host Society in Canadian Review of Sociology 44 (1): 37-64. David Walters, Kelly Phythian, and Paul Anisef.

  • Family and hyperactivity among elementary aged children based on Family Structure and Children's Hyperactivity Problems: A Longitudinal Analysis in the Canadian Journal of Sociology 32(1).Don Kerr and Joseph Michalski

At the 4th PWFC

Meeting Canada's Diverse Challenges: Social Risk, Private Risk and Productivity was the theme of the 4th Symposium held at Hilton Lac-Leamy in Gatineau on December 9-10, 2008. Some 350 from Canada's policy and academic communities participated in the Symposium.

At the 3rd PWFC

The 3rd PWFC Symposium on Social and Economic Well-Being of Canada's Population in 2017, held at the Ottawa Congress Centre on December 13-14, 2007, was attended by some 500 participants from Canada's policy and academic communities.

The PCLC actively participated with 47 papers:

  • 2 for Panel session
  • 28 for Workshop sessions
  • 17 for Poster session

At the 2nd PWFC

The Population Change and Lifecourse Cluster (PCLC) participated In the Second PWFC Symposium held at Château Cartier in Gatineau, Quebec on December 7-8, 20006. Several of the fifty-two participating professors, researchers, and students affiliated with the Population Change and Public Policy Cluster (PCPP) and the Lifecourse Cluster (LC) (now merged as one cluster, PCLC) contributed to the Symposium's theme of Social Development and Economic Outcomes by presenting papers in various sessions.

At the 1st PWFC

Thirty-seven professors, researchers, young scholars and graduate students participated through the cluster in the First Symposium of the PWFC.