Population Change and Lifecourse

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2015 Projects

Reception at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America

At the PAA Annual Meeting in San Diego, California on April 30- May 2, 2015, the international committee of Canadian Population Society will organize a social event to bring together demographers from, working in, or somehow connected to Canada. A similar social event in 2014 PAA Annual Meeting in Boston was a huge success and many good connections were made.

Project Team: Rachel Margolis and Laura Wright Western University

Cluster support for the project: $300

Synthesis Paper: "Canadian family dynamics in the global context: what do we know and the way forward"

In Canada, as elsewhere, families have undergone tremendous changes in the last 50 years. From the baby-boom to the baby-bust, lifelong marriages to multiple divorces, and nuclear families to blended families, today’s families are more diverse and dynamic than ever. Such rapid changes are unlikely to abate in the future. If anything, we should expect them to accelerate. Nowhere is this more evident than in Québec, where fertility rates fell by half in less than 20 years, and where cohabitation rates are breaking new records, such that more than half of children are now born to cohabiting parents. As elsewhere in Canada, a growing number of Québec’s children are also seeing their parents separate and experiencing life in single-parent and step-families. These changes in marital and union status, along with births and deaths within families, are a set of changes which we call family dynamics.

During the past 30 years, extensive research has exploited Canadian survey data to study family dynamics. These studies have shown how Canadian family dynamics have mirrored, but have also differed, from those of other advanced societies in North America and Europe undergoing the second demographic transition. In this Research Synthesis, we propose to summarize the main findings of this body of literature, and to chart the challenges and opportunities offered by available data sources for future studies of Canadian family dynamics in the global context.

Project Team: Simona Bignami, Associate Professor, Departement de demographie, Universite de Montreal; Shelley Clark, Associate professor and Director, Center for Population Dynamics, McGill University; Amelie Quesnel-Vallée, Associate professor, Center for Population Dynamics, McGill University; Rachel Margolis, Assistant Professor, Departement of Sociology, University of Western Ontario.

Cluster support for the project: $6,000

Publication of Special Issues of the Canadian Studies in Population and Cahiers québécois de démographie

The theme of the 2015 Conference of the Federation of Canadian Demographers (FCD) to be held on June 4-5 in Ottawa is “Revisiting demographic challenges in the 21st Century - Population dynamics, demographic methods and public policy”. It will feature sessions that focus on the demographic challenges and opportunities for Canada and the world. Although the conference is organised by demographers, the audience will extend beyond the members of the Canadian community of demographers. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the research conducted by many demographers and the location of the Conference, the participants will include social scientists in other disciplines, international community of demographers, and professionals in public policy development in the federal public service. To ensure the longevity of the discussion and research, selected Conference papers will be published in special issues of the Canadian Studies in Population and Cahiers québécois de démographie, journals of Canada’s two demographic associations, the Canadian Population Society (CPS), and the Association des démographes du Québec (ADQ).

Project Team: Gustave Goldmann, University of Ottawa; Michael Haan, University of Western Ontario.

Cluster support for the project: $5,000

  • Gustave Goldmann (Guest Editor), Special Issue on Demographic Research: Selected Papers from the Federation of the Canadian Demographers 2015 Conference of the Canadian Studies in Population, 44(1-2), 2017
  • Rosemary Bender and Laurent Martel (Guest Editorts), Special Issue on Conférence 2015 de la Fédération canadienne de démographie of the Cahiers québécois de démographie, 45 (2), 2017