Celebrated on the first Tuesday in April, National Caregiver Day is intended to honour Canadian caregivers — the millions of parents, children, siblings, spouses and friends who provide unpaid care to support someone with a diminishing physical ability, a debilitating cognitive condition or a chronic life-limiting illness.

The theme of this year, Every Minute Counts, aims to engage individuals and organizations on how they contribute time in different ways that impact the lives of caregivers and the people who rely on them. Thereby, drawing awareness to just how important caregiving is.

Whether it’s an

ORGANIZATION

Health care professionals, NGOs, governments,
private sector businesses and community groups

INDIVIDUAL

Family members, friends and volunteers

…. every minute they give makes an impact.

Contributing time can impact various priorities:

  1. Safeguard the health and well-being of caregivers
  2. Minimize the financial burden placed on caregivers
  3. Enable access to user-friendly information and education
  4. Create flexible workplace/educational environments that respect caregiving obligations
  5. Invest in research on caregiving as a foundation for evidence-informed decision making

The campaign includes 3 key activities:

Caregiver Resource Virtual Expo

Profiling stakeholders who are contributing time in different ways to advance the universal caregivers’ priorities.

Global time counter

Collecting minutes pledge by Canadians to support caregivers. Our goal is to collect 100,000 minutes to reinforce Canadian values and belief that caregiving matters.

National conversation

Engaging others to take a pledge and make their contribution to caregivers count.

ABOUT NATIONAL CARERS DAY

In April 2010, the Parliament of Canada unanimously adopted a motion declaring the first Tuesday in April “The Invisible Work Day.” This day was designated to recognize the importance of the “invisible” unpaid work carried out by parents and caregivers on behalf of their children and aging family members, as well as the volunteer work done in the community.  Recognizing that caregivers come from all walks of life and take on many roles, the first Tuesday in April is a special day where we can recognize all caring Canadians.

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

NATIONAL CAREGIVER DAY

2019 National Carers Day

Caregivers’ experience of palliative care in Canada s 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.

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