The Canadian Family Policy Monitor provides an up-to-date, curated list of policy and program announcements from federal and provincial/territorial governments using a family lens. Through this resource bank, the Vanier Institute of the Family highlights initiatives, investments, funding announcements and policy news based on relevance to families and family life. With an ever evolving understanding of the diversity and complexity of families in Canada, applying a “family lens” includes considering how individuals and communities interact with and are impacted by social, economic, cultural and environmental forces.

This resource provides those who study, serve and support families with a searchable, accessible platform to efficiently monitor and research policy and program innovation, development, implementation and assessment taking place across Canada. Concise summaries are provided for each policy and program announcement, to allow users to quickly access information on specific topics, while links to the original source material provide further information.

Each summary identifies the relevance of the policy or program to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. As Canada has committed to supporting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Canadian Family Policy Monitor enhances the reach of strategies, policies and programs related to families and family well-being in Canada. Users can explore policy and program announcements by keyword, year, level of government, well-being domain (Care, Economy, Environment, Culture) or related UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).

Common keywords touch on diverse topics, including employment, education, Indigenous families, children and youth, mental health, students, communities, women, family finances, health, languages and housing.

The archived version of the Vanier Institute’s Policy Monitor, with announcements spanning May 2018 to November 2019, can be accessed here.

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