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April 6, 2021

National Caregiver Day 2021: Experiences in Caregiving

News on National Caregiver Day activities from the Vanier Institute and Carers Canada.

April 6, 2021

Today is National Caregiver Day, a time when we recognize Canadians who care for others. Perhaps more than ever, the past year has underscored the importance of caregivers to families, communities and society.

Experiences in Caregiving: exploring diverse realities

To recognize caregivers in Canada and highlight their experiences, Carers Canada has partnered with the Petro-Canada CareMakers Foundation to launch the “Experiences in Caregiving” campaign, which showcases their diverse stories, as well as organizations that support them.

Visit the Carers Canada website to see the video statements from Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Hajdu. Read profiles of caregiver experiences from over 30 individuals, including federal and provincial members of parliament, young caregivers and many others, and learn how technology is addressing some of the challenges caregivers face due to COVID-19.

Carers Canada has also produced an infographic exploring caregivers’ experiences with technology during COVID-19, which explores their well-being and support during the pandemic, and their use of technology to manage care responsibilities.

Experiences in Caregiving During COVID-19: What Have We Learned?

Today at 1:00 p.m. ET, Vanier Institute CEO Nora Spinks will be moderating a public webinar on experiences in caregiving and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected caregivers.

What has the last year taught us – and what can make it easier for people who care for family members and friends? Join us as we discuss:

  • Caregiving experiences during the pandemic
  • What’s working and what’s not
  • Ways to support caregivers, including technology


  • Ron Beleno, Caregiver Advocate, Chair of AGE-WELL’s Older Adult and Caregiver Advisory Committee
  • Janet Fast, PhD, Professor, Department of Human Ecology, University of Alberta and AGE-WELL researcher
  • Catherine Suridjan, MSW, Director of Policy and Knowledge Translation, ‎Canadian Home Care Association and Carers Canada