Mission and Goals

Our Mission

The Centre for Families, Work and Well-Being's mandate is to direct research and teaching expertise to promote individual and family well-being, responsive, productive work environments, and strong sustainable communities. It provides an intellectual and operational home for faculty, graduate students and undergraduates engaged in research, policy analysis, conferences, academic and community partnerships, and outreach and knowledge mobilization.

Our goals are to

  • Produce high quality research
  • Disseminate research and contribute to the public good
  • Conduct research and dissemination through strong ongoing partnerships and collaborations
  • Manage activities with maximum effectiveness and integrity

The Centre capitalizes on the expertise of University faculty and staff from many disciplines who work in matters relevant to individual and family well-being, the interface between work and family, and contextual factors that affect workplace productivity and community supports. Affiliated faculty include some of the leading researchers in Canada on topics such as organizational health, family dynamics, social support and community development. The Centre's core strengths include strategic research, policy analysis and best practices development. While supporting academic research and work-life practitioners, the Centre also provides unique learning opportunities for students to develop abilities in research, policy analysis and outreach. The Centre was founded in 1998 at the University of Guelph in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences.

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    Celebrating National Family Caregiver Day

    The Centre for Families, Work and Well-Being and our partners are proud to raise our voices in recognition of the millions of Canadians - family, friends and neighbours - who take on a caring role to support someone with a diminishing physical ability, a debilitating cognitive condition or a chronic life-limiting illness. read more...

  • Sunday, January 18

    Fact Sheet: Combining care work and paid work

    Issues related to combining paid work and caregiving are explored in a new Fact Sheet developed by Dr. Janet Fast, University of Alberta, Dr. Donna Lero, CFWW; Richared deMarco (Employment and Social Development Canada) and Heloisa Ferriera and Jacquie Eales (both University of Alberta). read more...

  • Thursday, November 27

    Work and Family Commons: the online repository for work and family research

    Work and Family Commons (WFC) is the open access subject matter repository of the Work and Family Researchers Network created to gather and preserve the intellectual output of the work and family research community and to offer immediate, permanent and free online access to the full text of research articles for anyone, worldwide. read more...

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