The value of the marriage bond in times of crisis

The value of the marriage bond in times of crisisHeadlines warn that Canadian family courts will be overwhelmed with couples seeking post-COVID-19 divorces. But Canadian marriages won’t just survive the COVID-19 crisis. They’ll thrive. Here’s why: Most couples will lean into their relationships, not pull back. The lockdown has caused significant stress on families around finances, educating children and caring for family members while…

Child benefit program pays dividends but presents hurdles

Governments need to be careful that benefits don’t discourage social institutions that strengthen families and communities

Child benefit program pays dividends but presents hurdlesParents will receive an increase in the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) this month. The program has been widely credited with reducing child poverty, yet the benefit is not without challenges. The cost-of-living adjustment boosts the maximum compensation for a child under age six to $6,639 annually and maximum compensation for children between the ages of…

Ontario offers a new direction in child-care funding

It will make care more affordable, recognize that parents have a right to choose and be relatively cost-effective

Ontario offers a new direction in child-care fundingThe tug of war over child-care funding in Canada is entering a new chapter, thanks largely to Ontario’s latest provincial budget. The province announced new tax rebates for child-care costs – almost irrespective of the type of care chosen. While the policy may not be perfect, its implementation will signify an important shift in the…

Why we should respond to the lure of wedding bells

There are sharp differences in family life satisfaction and perceived relationship stability between married and cohabiting parents

Why we should respond to the lure of wedding bellsAs surely as spring arrives this month, wedding season won’t be far behind. But the peal of wedding bells signifies more than just the formalization of a relationship, according to new data from the Global Family and Gender Survey (GFGS). Statistics Canada numbers also shed light on the issue. In short, there are sharp differences in…

Canadians have forgotten what marriage is and why it matters

As studies show that we're delaying or choosing not to get married, we need to recognize the overwhelming value of marriage

Canadians have forgotten what marriage is and why it mattersDating apps abound – and the new Facebook Dating is getting into the game in Canada – but all the technology in the world hasn’t changed a significant social trend: Young adults are the forefront of dwindling and delayed marriage in Canada. Even increasing common-law relationships haven’t picked up the slack. Young Canadian adults are…

Why marriage still matters

From health to wealth, from personal happiness to better outcomes for children, the benefits of traditional relationships are many

Why marriage still mattersBy Andrea Mrozek and Peter Jon Mitchell Cardus Canadian supporters of marriage are speaking up – and not a moment too soon. In a recent Angus Reid Institute survey, about 56 per cent of Canadians said, “marriage is simply not necessary” to form a lifelong relationship. Almost the same proportion (57 per cent) went on…

A healthy marriage culture builds a thriving society

A healthy marriage contributes to family stability so there’s a need for recovery of the institution. But how?

A healthy marriage culture builds a thriving societyBy Andrea Mrozek and Peter Jon Mitchell Cardus You could sugar-coat the newly-released 2016 Census data on families, households and marital status by applauding the rise of family diversity in Canada. Yet family diversity is so often a euphemism for family breakdown, which is something that’s generally painful. A more honest take on the Statistics…

Discomfort with death and grief is a modern ailment

Modern western society could use more, rather than fewer, religious communities integrated into public mourning

Discomfort with death and grief is a modern ailmentThere’s an old story sometimes shared during eulogies about an elderly women planning her funeral. “Bury me with a fork,” she tells her minister. “Yes, but may I ask why?” he inquires. She explains that as a child, when the dishes were cleared from the table, the forks were occasionally left behind. She came to…

One size family policy doesn’t fit all

Families employ various strategies to organize their work and family, so tailoring government programs to help is tricky

One size family policy doesn’t fit allDoes government have a role in raising families and, if so, how large is that role? These questions are being asked on both sides of the border. In the U.S. election campaign's death-spiral race to the bottom, policy issues have gathered little attention. But both candidates have put forward packages of family policies that include…

Healthy marriages remain a public good

Provide the stability and structure that allow for the development of aspirations and the flourishing of family members

Healthy marriages remain a public goodA recent survey conducted by Nanos Research suggests that 51 per cent of millennials age 18 to 29 are unsure about marriage. That includes 29 per cent who think marriage is outdated, full stop. And another 22 per cent aren’t sure. In fact, all Canadians today, more than ever before, feel ambiguous about marriage. Back…