Caregiving and Work

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Caregiving & Work

An aging population, a shrinking labour force,and limited resources and supports for family caregivers affect individuals and organizations across Canada. Employees caring for adults (disabled adult children, siblings, spouses, parents, grandparents, extended family members and friends) face considerable challenges fulfilling their multiple responsibilities, commitments and obligations at home and work.

More than one in four Canadian employees who are caregivers experience high levels of financial, physical and/or emotional stress that can affect their health, their effectiveness as a caregiver and their labour force participation. Many caregivers quit their jobs, reduce their hours, experience high absenteeism and forfeit career ambitions and aspirations. Their income drops, their health suffers and their stress levels rise .

Discover how employers are supporting caregivers, reducing stress at home and work, addressing the multiple challenges associated with caregiving and work. Participate in the 2012–2013 Caregiving & Work Survey.



Other Reports


  • January 24, 2013 Human Resources Professionals Association  (HRPA), Toronto, Ontario

Upcoming Round Tables

    To be determined

Past Round Tables


  • PPC Canada
  • Solareh
  • University of Alberta – Research on Aging, Policies, and Practice
  • University of Toronto – Organizational Development and Learning Centre
  • Winnipeg Harvest

Project Partners

  • Canadian Human Rights Commission
  • Ceridian Canada Ltd.
  • Community-University Research Alliance (CURA)
  • Shepell•fgi 
  • PPC Canada

Research Partners and Contributors 

  • Janet Fast, Ph.D.
  • Donna Lero, Ph.D.
  • Nora Spinks
  • Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay, Ph.D.
  • Jacquie Eales, M.Sc.
  • Jaqui de Guzman, M.Sc.
  • Dr. Margo Hilbrecht
  • Maryse Larivière
  • Sarah Lucas, M.Sc.