“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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Liv Mendelsohn never thought of herself as a caregiver in the formal sense. 

Still, she was born into a caregiving role in an intergenerational household, taking care of her grandmother who developed Alzheimer’s. “Caring for her was just part of my childhood, part of growing up and really shaped how I think about family in many ways,” says Mendelsohn. 

She also cared for her mother who had ovarian cancer, through navigating the healthcare system, appointments, and palliative care. And now, Mendelsohn is also a caregiver as a parent, also supporting her ageing dad in accessing hom

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