Care Counts: Care receivers in Canada, 2018

Release date: January 22, 2020
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Care Counts: Care receivers in Canada, 2018

Three million people in Canada, or approximately 10% of the population, received care from a family member or friend for a long-term health condition, a physical or mental disability or problems related to aging.

Women represented the majority of care receivers in Canada.

  • Women: 55%
  • Men: 45%

Almost 4 in 10 care recipients were over the age of 65.

Overall, mental illness was the most commonly cited reason for receiving care (18%).

For individuals 65 years and over, problems related to aging was the most common reason for receiving care (21%).

Nearly 9 in 10 care recipients received care from family or friends.

  • Paid/professional help: 11%
  • Unpaid/help from family or friends: 39%
  • Both: 50%

Typically, care receivers had about 7 hours of help per week from family or friends, and about 2 hours of professional care.

More than 8 in 10 care receivers (81%) were satisfied with the balance of help from family, friends and professionals. Those who were dissatisfied generally wanted more professional help.

Note: Care receivers are defined as individuals aged 15 years and older who receive help or care for 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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