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UNDERSTANDING WHAT YOUR NEIGHBOURHOODS CAN DO FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

ABOUT THE FAMILY-FRIENDLY
COMMUNITY RESOURCES PROJECT

The Family-Friendly Community Resources Project for Better Balance, Health and Well-Being (FFCR) is a multi-year (2017-2021) Canada-wide study designed to better understand how work-family conflict influences quality of life for working Canadians.

Our research examines the long term health and well-being of Canadian individuals and their families. Work-family conflict (the competing demands parents often face between work and family) is a major contributor to poor quality of life, influencing factors such as mental health, martial instability, work absenteeism, and poor child development.


This project is led by Dr. Marisa Young (PI, McMaster University) and is funded by the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and The Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR).  

 

WHAT ARE FAMILY-FRIENDLY COMMUNITY RESOURCES?

The FFCR project is committed to identifying some of the key social contextual resources across Canada’s community regions that may enhance parents’ ability to cope with competing demands of work and family.

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CHILDCARE FACILITIES

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RECREATIONAL AMENITIES

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RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION

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HEALTH CARE CENTRES

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SCHOOLS

PROJECTS

Our research on Family Friendly Community Resources (FFCR) consists of multiple projects related to communities, mental health, and geography.

 

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DATA & VISUALS

Our team is dedicated to seeking out and extracting data on neighbourhood Family Friendly Community Resources nationally, across Canada’s census divisions. We are using this data to construct a “family-friendly community resources” measurement tool (FFCR tool), that helps us score each community on their overall family-friendly resources. 


We are also in the process of developing a publicly accessible directory of Canada’s family friendly resources in an effort to create a central repository of information on resources such as childcare, family supportive social groups, and family friendly centres.

 

 

YOUTH ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM

The goal of the Youth Engagement Program (YEP) is to engage high school students across Ontario in research at McMaster University. Dr. Young and her team have been successful in working with secondary schools across the Hamilton-Wentworth Board. 

 

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