Population Change and Lifecourse

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2011 Projects

2012 Graduate Research Development Conference

A one-day student workshop will be held immediately prior to the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Population Society at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Waterloo, Ontario, in May-June 2012. The workshop will be organized by Ph. D. students Stacey Hallman (University of Western Ontario), Georgios Fthenos (University of Western Ontario) and France-Pascale Ménard (McGill University). Approximately 10 graduate students will each present a paper on aspects of population change or life course. After each presentation, an expert will give a ten to fifteen minute commentary on the presentation, including the strengths of the presentation and areas in which the student can improve, followed by approximately ten minutes of commentary from the audience. This workshop will help create knowledge mobilization networks among students and CPS members, and increase the level of interaction between the newer and the more established researchers in Canadian demographic studies.

Team Leader: Georgios Fthenos, Western University, Stacey Hallman, Western University, France-Pascale Ménard, McGill University
Cluster support for the project: $10170

2011 Socio-Economic Conference of Statistics Canada

The Statistics Canada's 2011 Socio-Economic Conference, to be held on September 26-27 at the Palais des congrès de Gatineau, provides a forum for empirical research focusing on issues of concern in Canadian public policy. The conference targets studies discussing emerging economic trends and their underlying causes, the ability of various groups to participate in society and the economy, recent research on health, justice and the environment. The Conference focuses on studies directly relevant to Canada, while at the same time welcoming comparative international studies that shed light on Canadian public policy issues. It places a premium on empirical studies making innovative use of Canadian data.

The Cluster's participation includes the organization of 5 Contributed Sessions: (a) The Critical Phase of Initial Education in Lifelong Learning, (b)Immigrant Adaptation and Integration, (c) Health Inequalities over the Life Course: Comparisons Across Cohorts and Countries, (d) The Cost of Caregiving, (e) Families and Wellbeing. A number of members will also present papers in a Poster Session, chair contirbuted sessions, and act as discussants.

On September 28, following the Conference, the Cluster will hold a Seminar on Computer Modelling (8:30 AM - 12:30PM), a Meeting of the Whole (1:30-3:30 PM), and a meeting of its Advisory Council and Leadership Group (3:30 - 5:00 PM).

Social statistics, poverty and social exclusion: Quebec, Canadian and international outlooks

The Conference aims at assessing the state of knowledge in the field of poverty and social exclusion and at identifying the gaps to bridge. The primary objectives consist in contributing to discussions on the possibility of comparing the poverty of industrialized nations, and on the use of social statistics to examine the determinants and the consequences of poverty. The targeted audience consists in the community of researchers, professors and students who work on these themes, as well as all the users of statistics on poverty and social exclusion, whether they work at creating and implementing social politics, or at promoting social justice. This Conference will also give us the opportunity to pay tribute to the Professor Paul Bernard (Sociology, Université de Montréal), deceased last February, who was a pioneer in the field of social statistics in Canada and a strong advocate of social justice.

CRDCN National Conference 2011: “Coming of Age: The Policy Impact of an Aging Population”

The project consists of two initiatives that will benefit students and trainees in the 2011 Annual Conference of the Candian Research Development Centre Network at the University of Alberta on October 4-5. First, a full day pre-conference workshop on microsimulation methods will be held prior to commencement of the main conference program. Martin Spielauer, a member of the Modeling Division of Statistics Canada, will provide an introduction to LifePaths and other microsimulation models developed at Statistics Canada. Second, student participation in the main conference will be supported. The conference will include mentoring lunches at which students will be matched and seated together with participating policymakers and senior researchers in order to facilitate conversation and knowledge exchange about research and its policy implications. A student competition will also be held wherein two students (one Masters, one PhD) who produce the best research poster or make the best oral presentation at the conference will be given a small cash award, presented together with a framed certificate of recognition.

Principal project proponent: Janet Fast (University of Alberta)
Cluster support for the project: $5,750
Project withdrawn

Costs of having employees with significant care responsibilities: A knowledge synthesis

A firm‘s bottom line is affected by tardiness, absenteeism, employee turnover, distractions and accidents at work, health problems, poor work quality, and reliance on workplace health and employee assistance benefits, which increase when a firm has employees with care responsibilities. There is evidence of the ways in which some employers are responding to the needs of such employees by implementing a range of workplace policies and programs intended to support them. Other research shows that such supports can positively impact absenteeism, non-productive time at work and employee retention, and hence reduce employers’ costs and enhance profitability. However, the existing research is scattered across many disciplines and geographic regions, limiting our ability to obtain a clear and comprehensive understanding of the implications of caregiving for employers. It does seem clear that little of this research has been done in Canada and that synthesizing existing knowledge will be instructive as to how best to fill this knowledge gap in our own country.

Project team: Janet Fast, Norah Keating, Jacqui Eales (University of Alberta), and Donna Lero (University of Guelph)
Cluster support for the project: $7,700
Policy Brief #2: Gender differences in family/friend caregiving in Canada
Policy Brief #3: Employment consequences of family/friend caregiving in Canada
Policy Brief #5: The Social and Health Consequences of Family/Friend Caregiving

Research Brief: “Trends and characteristics affecting disability and the receipt of support by older Canadians”

This project will summarize a report prepared for and accepted by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, entitled “Trends and characteristics affecting disability and the receipt of support by older Canadians living in private households”. The goal of this project was to investigate trends and examine socio-demographic characteristics associated with (a) disability and (b) the use of informal (family/friends) and formal (paid) support networks to assist in performing everyday activities among the older population with a long-term health problem. Specifically, we identified trends in disability between 1994/95 and 2000/01, and trends in the source of support (formal/family friend) between 2002 and 2007 to investigate patterns that may be influencing use of supports (e.g., changes in availability of family, changes in values related to accessing such supports, and changes in policies that act as a barrier or enhancement to formal supports).

Project team: Janice Keefe and Lucy Knight (Mount Saint Vincent University), Jacques Légaré, Anne Binette Charbonneau, and Samuel Vézina (Université de Montréal)
Cluster support for the project: $996.85
Research Brief #3: Disability and Support Networks of Older Canadians

Quebec Inter-University Centre for Social Statistics at the 79th Annual Congress of the ACFAS

Conference on the Census

The decision made by the Canadian government to abolish the mandatory detailed questionnaire of the census of 2011 and to replace it with a voluntary national survey provoked a general outcry among researchers, political analysts, professional and business community. Among the scientific community, the “crisis of the Canadian census” gave rise to numerous interventions of scholars from various fields on the scientific, social and political issues raised by this decision. The extent of the mobilization against the abolition of the long questionnaire of the Canadian census shows the uneasiness caused by the negative outcomes of this decision, for research, policies, and social programs are concerned.

For more information, see: "The end of censuses?"

Conference on the Québecois Policy on Daycare Services

Thirteen years after the setting up of daycare services, we now have the necessary historical perspective and data that enable us to measure the concrete results of the Québecois policy on daycare services. What can we say about the ambitious objectives of this unique policy in North-America and their achievement? This conference aims at gathering scholars from various horizons and disciplines to discuss this topic and share the outcomes of research studies on different aspects of the policy on daycare services, in particular: (1) the psycho-social development of children; (2) the impacts on the parents’ lives and on the labour market experience of mothers; (3) the services offered, their quality and accessibility.

For more information and summaries of presentations, see: "The Quebec policy for child care: where are we after 13 years"

Project team: Danielle Gauvreau, Jean Poirier, Maryse Dion Tremblay (CIQSS) and Anne Calvès (Université de Montréal)
Cluster support for the projects: $5,503