Population Change and Lifecourse


Committee Leader - Zheng Wu, University of Victoria

Research Domain

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.

Committee Reports

Committee Activities

International Symposium on Aging Families
June 3-4, 2013

International Symposium on Aging Families
A Symposium on Aging Families was held at the University of Victoria, which was concurrently hosting the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The Symposium was organized by Zheng Wu, who chairs the thematic committee of PCLC on Families.

Policy Session at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Canadian Population Society
June 3-4, 2013

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

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

4th Population, Work, Family Policy Research Collaboration

Session on 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)

Session on 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)

Session on 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

3rd Population, Work, Family Policy Research Collaboration

Session on 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

Session on 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