2021 Edition

2021 Edition

2021 Quebec Family Week: May 10–16 

The 2021 Quebec Family Week theme is Being There for Families

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This year’s theme: Being There for Families

The repercussions of the current global public health crisis are bound to reverberate throughout our society for many years to come. The situation has revealed just how fragile our institutions are in responding to events of this magnitude and complexity. It has also driven home how intertwined and interrelated the various aspects of our daily lives are and accentuated the importance of working together to restore balance as quickly as possible. 

As a society, we instinctively turn to families when coping with situations like the one this pandemic has created. Families are generally where decisions about education, health, community support, recreation, culture and more are made. Our lives and our living environments tend to be planned around family imperatives. They are the main vector that shape how intergenerational relationships are formed. They are conveyors of culture and social values built around community inclusion. And their influence as an economic force cannot be understated. According to World Bank figures, household spending — housing, energy, transportation, food, recreation and other consumer expenditures made by families — represents close to 60% of our GDP. 

The pandemic has exerted greater pressure on families, and will continue to do so. Among the many things they are forced to juggle with on a daily basis are persistent and pervasive stress, a spike in mental health concerns, issues related to the well-being of older adults and the role of family caregivers, the additional strain on couples and families as a result of these extraordinary circumstances, newly emerged challenges in terms of maintaining balance when parents are working from home or when children cannot attend school or daycare because of an outbreak, new responsibilities for helping children with their schoolwork while learning remotely, reduced and erratic access to services for children with special needs, and the supervision of interaction between teens. And that’s just the beginning. 

The list of the impacts of the pandemic on family life may be long, but one thing is clear: without the proper support at the family level, the crisis will be more difficult to resolve. In a society like ours, where public programs and services are often complex and designed to cater to specific needs without the effective coordination on the part of provincial, federal and municipal stakeholders, the private sector and community organizations, much still remains to be done.