Care counts: Caregivers in Canada, 2018

Release date: January 8, 2020
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Care counts: Caregivers in Canada, 2018

1 in 4 people in Canada provided care or help to a family member or a friend with a long-term health condition, a physical or mental disability, or aging-related needs and almost two-thirds of caregivers were 45 years or older.

Women represented the majority of caregivers in Canada

  • Women: 54%
  • Men: 46%

Close to half of caregivers primarily cared for a parent or a parent-in-law

  • Parent, parent-in-law: 47%
  • Spouse, partner: 13%
  • Friend, neighbour, other: 13%
  • Sibling, extended family: 10%
  • Grandparent: 9%
  • Child: 8%

Most caregivers provided 1 to 3 hours of care per week

Hours of care per week
Hours of care per week Share of caregivers
1 to 3 41%
4 to 9 23%
10 to 19 15%
20 or more 21%

The top four types of care provided to family or friends wereFootnote 1:

  • Transportation: 72%
  • Housework (e.g., meal prep, cleaning, laundry): 55%
  • House maintenance and outdoor work: 45%
  • Scheduling and coordinating appointments: 40%

Note: Caregivers are defined as individuals aged 15 years and older who provide help or care to a family member or a friend with a long-term health condition, a physical or mental disability, or problems related to aging.

Source: Statistics Canada, General Social Survey (Caregiving and Care Receiving), 2018.

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