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Abstract

In “Imagining Canada’s Future” the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) engaged various stakeholders to help establish six Future Challenge Areas. This report elaborates on the capacity of the Canadian research community with regard to the Future Challenge Area on “What might the implications of global peak population be for Canada?” It provides answers to sub-questions associated with this theme, namely: (1) What do we need to understand in order to effectively nurture the next generations? (2) What might Canadian families look like in five, 10, and 20 years, and how might they measure their well-being? (3) Life cycle issues are challenging society, in Canada and around the world. What are the future implications of state regulation from cradle to grave? (4) What effect will global migration have on our cities of the future? (5) How could changing demographics and migration affect rural and remote communities—such as in the North, including the Arctic? (6) What are the potential impacts of global peak population with respect to Canada’s energy and resource consumption and climate change?