Connecting with Canadians

Research Area:

Children, Youth and Families

CPRN's research identifies the best policy mix for Canadians at every stage of their lives, from infancy through old age. CPRN pioneered the best mix approach in the field of child and family policy. For example, our research concluded that good outcomes for Canada's young children depend on three enabling conditions: adequate income, effective parenting and supportive communities.

Family life does not exist in a vacuum. Families exist in overlapping social, economic and physical environments, so a wide array of policy issues affect them. These include early childhood education, and parental and community supports.

CPRN is launching a new program of research examining Canada's response to the challenge of population decline. We are initiating the program with a national agenda-setting roundtable on sustainable population policy where a range of stakeholders will share evidence, exchange ideas and perspectives, and outline next steps to collaboratively address the challenges.

We have also begun to study the 18-25 age group we collectively label "youth." Despite all the talk about Canada's ageing workforce, generation gaps, and the alienation of younger Canadians, young people have little say in policy development. CPRN conducted a National Youth Dialogue in 2005 – a landmark event which revealed the values and aspirations of young Canadians from coast to coast, and an event that continues to inform our work in areas such as youth political and civic participation.



Title Type Publishedsort desc.
Balancing Paid Work and Caregiving Responsibilities: A Closer Look at Family Caregivers in Canada Research Report 5 Mar 2009
Working and Looking after Mom and Dad: The Face of Caregiving in Canada Other 5 Mar 2009
Asset-building Approaches and the Search for a New Social Policy Architecture in Canada Research Report 27 Mar 2008
The Feds Are Widening, Not Closing, the Prosperity Gap Commentary 31 May 2007
Teaching Aids for Civics Education in Canadian Schools Other 17 May 2007
Let's Start Paying the Debts We Are Leaving our Grandchildren Commentary 10 May 2007
Choices Mr. Flaherty, Choices? Commentary 22 Mar 2007
Building a Policy Framework for Middle Childhood: Considerations Presentation 15 Feb 2007
Strengthening Canadian Families Policy Briefs 30 Nov 2006
Labour pains: stunning silence around issue of birth rates in Canada. It stands in stark contrast to the forward-thinking approaches of most other industrialised nations with low birth rates. Commentary 12 Oct 2006
Policy as a Tool for Revolution Presentation 3 Mar 2006
Meeting the Needs of Children and Adolescents with Special Needs in Rural and Northern Canada Research Report 17 Feb 2006
A Healthy Balance: A Summary Report on a National Roundtable on Caregiving Policy in Canada Research Report 16 Dec 2005
A Healthy Balance: Caregiving Policy in Canada - Backgrounder Research Report 16 Dec 2005
Housing Is Good Social Policy Research Report 3 Dec 2004
A Focus on Income Support: Implementing Quebec's Law Against Poverty and Social Exclusion Commentary 28 May 2004
Parents, Starting From Zero, Could Use a Public Boost Commentary 11 May 2004
Why So Much Opposition to Social Policy Change in Quebec? Other 20 Feb 2004
Articulation travail-famille : Le contre-exemple des pays dits « libéraux » ? Research Report 26 Nov 2003
Young Families, Social Risk and the Role of Government Presentation 3 Oct 2003
The Well-being of Children: Are There Neighbourhood Effects? Research Report 7 Mar 2003
Redesigning the "Welfare Mix" for Families: Policy Challenges Research Report 7 Feb 2003
A Law Against Poverty: Quebec's New Approach to Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion Other 18 Dec 2002
Child Care Conference [Final Report] Other 18 Oct 2002
Action on Crime Prevention: A Multimedia Profile of NCPC Pilot Projects Research Report 16 Aug 2002
Four Hypotheses about the Public Policy Significance of Youth Recreation Other 6 Dec 2001
Literature Review on Learning through Recreation Research Report 6 Dec 2001
Enabling Citizenship: Full Inclusion of Children with Disabilities and their Parents Research Report 27 Jun 2001
School-aged Children across Canada: A Patchwork of Public Policies Research Report 15 Mar 2001
Housing Affordability: A Children's Issue Research Report 1 Mar 2001
Two Policy Paradigms: Family Responsibility and Investing in Children Research Report 15 Feb 2001
Care Allowances for the Frail Elderly and Their Impact on Women Care-Givers Other 7 Nov 2000
What Is the Best Policy Mix for Canada's Young Children? Research Report 9 Feb 2000
Comparative Family Policy: Six Provincial Stories Research Report 24 Jan 2000
Moving Forward on Child and Family Policy: Governance and Accountability Issues Research Report 3 Dec 1999
Tax Fairness for One-Earner and Two-Earner Families: An Examination of the Issues Research Report 3 Dec 1999
Reflexion - A Policy Blueprint for Canada's Children Research Report 7 Oct 1999
Improving Family Service: Linking Outcomes and Research Results with Practice Research Report 1 Oct 1999
Values and Preferences for the Best Policy Mix for Canadian Children Research Report 30 Jul 1999
Building Better Outcomes for Canada's Children Research Report 6 Jul 1999
Labour Market Changes and Family Transactions Research Report 14 May 1999
The Assets of Canadian Families, 1997 Research Report 29 Apr 1999
An International Comparison of Policies and Outcomes for Young Children Research Report 16 Apr 1999
Comparative Family Policy: Eight Countries' Stories Research Report 28 Jan 1999
Methodological Issues in Developing a Quantitative Approach to the Study of Family Transactions Research Report 2 Oct 1998
How Families Cope and Why Policymakers Need to Know Research Report 22 Jul 1998