A tax credit for family caregivers was included in the March 22nd federal budget, and several parties have included support for family caregivers in their election platforms, bringing the issues surrounding family caregivers to a wide audience. These announcements shine light on the issues that affect an estimated 4 million caregivers whose contributions to Canadian society are often overlooked.
Some recent headlines include:
- Fed budget lightens load for caregivers, March 23, 2011, Canoe.ca
- Ignatieff underlines $1B family care plan, April 1, 2011, CBC News
- NDP proposes help for family caregivers, April 5, 2011, CBC News
For over ten years, McConnell Grantee the Canadian Caregiver Coalition (CCC) has been working to join with caregivers, service providers, policy makers and other stakeholders to identify and respond to the needs of caregivers in Canada.