From 5 minutes to an hour or even days, no amount is too small to show you care

Every Minute Counts aims to reinforce the value of caregivers to Canadians, ensuring caregivers are at the forefront of our collective actions. It is shedding light on the different ways individuals and organizations contribute time to support caregivers’ health and well-being.




Help us add 100,000 minutes to the global caregiver time clock, hosted by Embracing Carers™, by pledging time to support caregivers, big or small.

Every Minute counts!


On top of all they do, our caregivers must now navigate the impact from COVID-19 as they support the vulnerable and most at-risk people in our communities. Now more than ever, we need to keep our caregivers at the forefront of our minds and show our support.


Coming soon on April 7th as stream-on-demand, you can watch presentations from the following organizations on how they are giving their time to support caregivers everyday. Hear from the caregivers themselves on why every minute you give can make a difference in their lives.”

Here’s how individuals and organizations are giving their time for caregivers


The first Tuesday of April has been unanimously adopted by the Members of Parliament of Canada to recognize the importance of the “invisible” unpaid work. Interchangeably known as National Caregiver Day, this day marks the beginning* of our formal recognition of caregivers and the valuable contribution they make to care recipients, our communities and our economy.

*Formal recognition of caregivers is reinforced throughout the year from coast to coast as we all work together, and autonomously, to strengthen caregivers in Canada. A number of appreciation events are held in Ontario on the first Tuesday of April as the province celebrates Family Caregiver Day. The recognition continues to a crescendo in Alberta, British Columbia and Nova Scotia with Caregiver Awareness Month in May. Quebec brings these tributes to a grand-finale with their National Caregiver Week, which happens during the first week of November.

2019 National Carers Day

Caregivers’ experience of palliative care in Canada is about recognition of the essential role caregivers play in enabling individuals with life limiting illness to choose and receive a palliative approach to care. The campaign increased awareness of the experiences and role of caregivers, as well as facilitated connections to resources to support end-of-life caregiving.  This theme was strategically selected in alignment with a national health care policy priority: “how palliative care is provided in Canada”.

2018 National Carers Day

Connecting Carers was a campaign to raise awareness of carers’ needs and the importance of connecting and accessing support earlier rather than later in their care journeys. 

2017 National Carers Day

Carers Canada celebrated National Carers Day on April 3, 2017. This year’s theme “Caring at Home” aims to raise awareness of the invaluable role carers provide to support older adults with frailty, individuals with complex, chronic disabling conditions, and those at end-of-life to stay safely at home. 

2016 National Carers Day

In 2016, Carers Canada celebrated National Carers Day on April 5. Through our “Because I Care – Recognizing Caring Canadians” campaign, we built awareness and reinforced the diversity of ‘caring’ Canadians. Over 150 individuals and organizations added their name to our Caring Wall to visibly showed their support for caring moms, dads, sisters, brothers, spouses, friends, family and neighbours who make a difference in the lives of their loved ones every day. 

2015 National Carers Day

In 2015, the Canadian Caregiver Coalition celebrated National Family Caregiver Day on April 7. Our theme was Care & Work: A Balancing Act in recognition of the 6.1 million Canadians who must balance their personal commitments, caregiving duties and work responsibilities.

A milestone for Canadian Carers

Prime Minister’s Statement in Recognition of Carers

Minister’s Statement in Recognition of Carers

“Today is National Carers Day. It is a day to recognize family members, friends, neighbours and other significant people who have taken on the role of caregiver for someone with a serious or life-threatening illness…… I encourage Canadians to take the time today to recognize and thank all the compassionate people in their life who have caregiver roles.”

The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Health

Read the full Minister Petitpas Taylor’s message here: ENG/FR
Learn more about what the Ministry is doing to support carers

“On this National Carers Day, I want to thank all caregivers for the tremendous work they do every day to improve the quality of life of countless older Canadians and for making sure they receive the very important care they deserve as they age.”

The Honourable Filomena Tassi, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Seniors

Read the full Minister Tassi’s message here: ENG/FR
Learn more about what the Ministry is doing to support carers

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