Through the commitment of the Signatories and the active participation of our partner organizations, Carers Canada is building and supporting a network that will ignite change and shape the future for carers across Canada and around the world. Together, we are committed to:
- Embracing a citizen-centred approach to identify and respond to the needs of carers.
- Collaborating with organizations, caregiver networks and governments to stimulate action.
- Incorporating the best available evidence, expertise and experience in all decisions.
Carer priorities across Canada
An integrated action plan to affect real change
Mobilizing Action: Family Caregivers in Canada is an integrated and shared plan to address the physical, psychosocial, and financial needs of family givers. The collaborative actions included in the plan advance four key areas:
1. Enhance awareness of caregiver needs and facilitate their voice in the care provision and the health care system.
2. Improve access to caregiver support services and patient care resources.
3. Alleviate the financial burden placed on family caregivers.
4. Create supportive workplaces that recognize caregiving obligations.
WORK & CARE
Supportive work place environments for carers
When employers provide flexible workplace options that respect caregiver’s obligations, it reduces the challenges faced by more than 6.1 million employed Canadians who must balance their career with their unpaid caregiving responsibilities.
In order to support their caregiving employees, employers can provide flexible working arrangements, personal leave, benefits and wellness strategies, such as counselling, to address their employees physical, emotional and psychosocial health needs.
Beyond Recognition — Caregiving & Human Rights in Canada: A Policy Brief (March 2015)
This brief provides an overview of caregiving as a human rights issue based on a review of academic and grey literature both within Canada and internationally, as well as interviews with leading caregiving experts in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. Download the report.
Caregivers in the Healthcare Workplace: Findings from a 2008-2011 Action Research Project (2014)
This paper documents the findings of an action research project conducted between 2008 and 2011, which addressed the issues facing healthcare employees who also provide care to family members at home. Undertaken at a local community healthcare center in Montreal, the researchers engaged employees in multiple conversations to better understand their experiences, challenges and realities and to make recommendations to help these working caregivers juggle their multiple roles. Download the findings.