“Overworked and undervalued,” Canada’s caregivers are on the brink of a collapse, says report

The most recent Canadian Centre for Caregiving Excellence report paints a picture of the fragile caregiver landscape in Canada today, how COVID worsened the situation, and what is needed for better caregiver support.

Why It Matters

Caregivers, both paid and unpaid, support some of the most vulnerable and marginalized communities in Canada. As 69 per cent of caregivers reported deteriorating mental health last year, a collapse of the formal and informal caregiving system would be catastrophic for communities across the country.

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