Now in its fourth edition, Canadian Families Today presents a comprehensive introduction to the sociological study of our nation's families. This thought-provoking collection explores the major themes, historical developments, and contemporary cases that are currently shaping family life, including discussions on the changing definitions of "family", new studies on the life course and family dynamics, and the unique challenges that families in Canada face. Written by a team of experts from across Canada and fully up-to-date with the latest research and data, these essays provide students with a fascinating in-depth look at the issues and trends affecting families in Canada today. The fourth edition features brand-new chapters on refugee families in Canada and Indigenous families, as well as increased coverage of topics such as mixed-race unions, same-sex parenting, transgender families, and the recent Canada Child Benefit. The text also includes a new "Daily Life" box that allows students to connect concepts and theories to real-life experiences, as well as new critical thinking questions throughout each chapter for students to consider.