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Family - Family Members Reading to Children

Family is the primary source of support for many Canadians, and families are a foundational part of Canadian society. Yet many families feel the weight of a number of economic, social and relational stressors, and are experiencing breakdown.

We are created to live in community, born to a mother and father by God’s design, within a network of relationships. A family is called to care for its members physically, emotionally and spiritually, as it enables them to serve God, other people and creation.

The Bible describes God’s creation of man and woman in His image (Genesis 2:24) and Jesus affirms that the two are joined through marriage (Mark 10:6-8). God calls some to be married and some to be celibate. Marriage is one among the many meaningful and fulfilling relationships we can form with others and in community.

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Articles

Conversion therapy ban - Three questions on Bill C-6

Bill C-6 passed its second vote in the House of Commons and was then studied by a...

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Conversion therapy ban reintroduced

Find out more about a new bill on conversion therapy, its problematic provisions and...

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Official statements

Interfaith Declaration on Marriage

Leaders from 40 religious groups signed a Declaration on Marriage.

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Podcasts

Sex and the City of God: An Interview with author Carolyn Weber

​​Join us as we sit down with Canadian author Carolyn Weber to discuss her latest book,...

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Covid and Parenting: Three counsellors offer us some hope

Stephen Doucet Campbell, Jennfer Bowen and Jen Watt are counsellors with Shalem Mental...

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Outgoing letters

Letter to Ontario Minister of Children and Youth Services

Bill 89 became law June 1, 2017. This letter expressed concern about how it changes...

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Court cases

S.L. v. Commission scolaire des Chênes [2012]

Family is the primary source of support for many Canadians. Yet many families feel the weight of a number of economic, social and relational stressors, and are experiencing breakdown.

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Three Parents Case (AA v. BB) [2007]

Family is the primary source of support for many Canadians. Yet many families feel the weight of a number of economic, social and relational stressors, and are experiencing breakdown.

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Research

Canadian Evangelical Family Faith Formation Study

Family is the primary source of support for many Canadians. Yet many families feel the weight of a number of economic, social and relational stressors, and are experiencing breakdown.

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Government

Ontario Bill-89 (2017): Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act

Understanding the controversial changes that came with Ontario's recent overhaul of its child welfare system.

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Documents

Developing Church Policies for Marriage Handbook

Same-Sex Marriage is the Law in Canada – Where do We Go from Here? Developing Church Policy for Marriages Handbook

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Hands Up! Identifying Parents’ Rights in the Education System

An EFC Discussion Paper on Understanding the Rights and Responsibilities of Parents, Children, Education Institutions and Government

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