Canadian Families 12

Course Outline

Canadian Families 12 is a full-credit course that examines the nature of families through the lens of Maslow’s hierarchy of Human Needs. Using demographic information, students will explore and research the challenges faced by Canadian families and look at society’s response to those challenges. The course reflects the following themes:

  • Relationship Skills
  • Consumerism and Financial Management
  • Changing Canadian Culture
  • Community Connections
  • Resource Acquisition and Management
  • Life/Work Skill Development


This course is developed around six units: 

  • Unit 1: Images of Canadian Families (historical and cultural perspectives, families today, family law, families of the future, impact of technology)
  • Unit 2: The Foundation of Family Well Being (relationships, communication skills, personal wellness, financial management, family health, family and community, support systems, coping with change; Students will participate in a community service learning initiative.)
  • Unit 3: Expanding Families (role of parenting in changing Canadian society, parenting decisions, community/social support systems for families with children)
  • Unit 4: Transition to Independence (analyzing the needs of the young adult and the family as they transition into a new life phase)
  • Unit 5: Families in Later Life (Activities will facilitate an understanding of the evolving senior population and their families; needs, relationships, expectations, and community supports are topics included in this unit.)
  • Unit 6: Independent Study Project (Students will identify an issue affecting Canadian families today and research the issue from the perspective of current trends, societal and personal impact, and support systems.)

Updated September 7, 2021