A CARER-FRIENDLY
WORKPLACE
STANDARD

Carers Canada is part of a multi-sectorial research program to spread and scale a carer-friendly workplace standard, known as the ‘Carer-Inclusive and Accommodating Organizations’ Standard (CSAB701-17).

The standard, developed by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Group with McMaster University, can be used by employers to meet legal requirements, enhance work-life balance for worker-carers*, improve workforce retention and reduce health care costs.

*Worker-carers are employees balancing paid work with unpaid caring responsibilities.

A time-limited, complimentary copy of the standard and corresponding implementation guide is available via the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Group’s website.

THE NEED TO SUPPORT WORKER-CARERS

THE NEED TO SUPPORT WORKER-CARERS

Awareness and understanding of the carer-friendly workplace standard will inform two policy domains that are high on the Canadian health care agenda:


…lie at the intersection of these two health policy domains.

‘Double-duty carers’ provide unpaid care to family or friends outside of work, while their profession is also to care. They have little respite from physical and emotional demands of caring as they transition between their job and personal life. The consequences of lack of employer support at health and home care providers for their ‘double-duty carers’ can potentially impact the quality and continuity of patient care.

TAKE STEPS NOW TO CREATE A HEALTHY AND PRODUCTIVE WORK ENVIRONMENT

Use these educational materials to prompt conversations that will transform your organization’s agenda in the area of work and care.

INFOGRAPHIC

profile of double duty carers

EDUCATIONAL BRIEF A

business case for creating a human resource strategy that meets the profile of your organization’s employees

EDUCATIONAL BRIEF B

4 straightforward steps for leveraging your current HR practices and creating a carer-inclusive culture

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Led by Dr. Allison Williams, CIHR Research Chair in Gender, Work and Health at McMaster University, the research program consists of six inter-related sub-projects managed by ten partner organizations in collaboration with principle investigators from five universities. Sub-projects explore the creation of an international standard; knowledge mobilization across Canada; readiness to change; feasibility and cost benefit; cultural competency; indigenous perspectives.

Carers Canada, supported by the Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA), is leading the sub-project ‘Knowledge Mobilization and Evaluation across Canada’. This work will increase health and home care providers’ awareness of worker-carer challenges, understanding of operational impact and recognition of the Standard as a solution to support worker-carers.

This research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

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