The Centre for Families, Work and Well-Being was founded in 1998 as an educational centre seeking to respond to challenges and changes in family patterns, paid work and broad economic, political and social structures. Its founding mission was to direct research and promote family and individual well-being, responsive workplaces, and sustainable communities. The centre created an operational space to bring together faculty, graduate students and undergraduates to engage in policy analysis, research, knowledge mobilization and best-practices development.
The Centre for Families, Work and Well-being’s research initially began with organizational health, family dynamics, social support and community development. Specifically, it was broken down into the research themes of :
- Public Policies and Family Supports
- Workplace Policies and Practices
- Caregiving Costs, Challenges & Opportunities
- Gender and Organizations
These research themes resulted in numerous projects which were able to create change by: influencing policy and programs, motivating workplaces and communities, fostering interdisciplinary research projects and by provide new ways of learning for students and communities. These projects have brought together diverse communities, while linking researchers to collaborate with community partners. With an emphasis on policy and practices, the Centre looked beyond a work-life balance and addressed the challenges of family diversity with paid and unpaid caregiving, precarious or reliant work and the effects of rural locations on economic and social livelihoods.