Caregiving & Work: The Availability, Accessibility and Perceived Effectiveness of Workplace Supports for Canadian Caregivers Project
Employees caring for adults face challenges fulfilling their responsibilities, commitments and obligations at home and at work. More than one in four employees who are caregivers experience high levels of financial, physical and/or emotional stress that can affect their health, their effectiveness as a caregiver and their ability to work.
The Vanier Institute has embarked on a project to obtain current Canadian information on workplace practices that provide a variety of flexible work arrangements, leave policies and supports to enable employees to manage their paid work and caregiving responsibilities.
Developed in conjunction with three Canadian universities, this research is the first Canadian study to look at caregiving and work through the employer’s perspective.
The Vanier Institute’s role in the project is:
- To develop and implement a comprehensive online survey of employers and HR representatives from diverse workplaces across Canada
- To conduct interviews with managers who have experience supervising employees with adult/elder care responsibilities
The Caregiving & Work Project will increase our understanding of:
- Workplace practices, policies and programs provided by employers
- Workplace flexibility
- Organizational culture as it relates to employers’ experiences, attitudes and motivation to address employee needs
- Employer challenges
- Distinguishing factors of positive and negative outcomes
Engage, Participate and Collaborate
Read more about caregiving and work by accessing the briefing note, reports and articles below.
- Understanding the Impact of Fort McMurray Wildfires on Foreign National Family Caregivers
- It’s Time to Care for Our (Young) Carers by Andrea Breen, Ph.D.
- My Caregiving Journey by Katherine Arnup, Ph.D.
- Public Policy Brief: Compassionate Care Benefits
- Family Caregiving: A Fact of Life and a Human Right by Nathan Battams
- Caring Enough to Flex, Flexing Enough to Care by Sara MacNaull
- Modern Caregiving in Canada by Janet E. Fast and Donna S. Lero
- Intergenerational Relations and Social Change by Donna S. Lero, PhD
- Family Care: Caregiving in the Workplace: Complexity and Reality: At a Glance
- The Availability, Accessibility and Effectiveness of Workplace Supports for Canadian Caregivers: Final Report: 81-page PDF (Dec. 31, 2012)
- The Availability, Accessibility and Effectiveness of Workplace Supports for Canadian Caregivers: A breakdown of key survey results from the Caregiving & Work Employer Survey
- Briefing Note: One-page summary of the Caregiving & Work Project
- Caregiving and Employment in Canada: A breakdown of caregiving and employment statistics from the Research on Aging, Policies, and Practice (RAPP) at the University of Alberta
- Working and Looking After Mom and Dad: The Face of Caregiving in Canada: Highlights of the findings of a major report on balancing paid work and caregiving responsibilities in Canada
- Balancing Paid Work and Caregiving Responsibilities: A Closer Look at Family Caregivers in Canada: A 2009 report on the findings of two major research studies on employed caregivers in Canada
- Supporting Caregivers and Caregiving in an Aging Canada: A 2011 Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) study examining the state of caregiving support in Canada, which offers projections for short- and long-term policies and practices
Past Round Tables
- October 30, 2012: Montreal, Quebec (in French)
- May 9, 2012: Halifax, Nova Scotia
- May 8, 2012: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
- April 5, 2011: Edmonton, Alberta
- April 7, 2011: Toronto, Ontario
- October 19, 2011: Gatineau, Quebec
- November 3, 2011: Burnaby, British Columbia
- November 17, 2011: Winnipeg, Manitoba
The Caregiving & Work Project is funded by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.
This project is ongoing and will be updated as research continues.
Donna Lero, Ph.D.
Jarislowsky Chair in Families and Work
Centre for Families, Work and Well-Being
University of Guelph
Janet Fast, Ph.D.
Research on Aging, Policies, and Practice (RAPP)
Department of Human Ecology
University of Alberta
Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay, Ph.D.
Canada Research Chair on the socio-organizational challenges of the knowledge economy
Director of the CURA (Community-University Research Alliance) on work–life balance over the life course (SSHRC)
Université du Québec à Montréal
For more information, please contact:
The Vanier Institute of the Family
94 Centrepointe Dr., Ottawa, Ontario K2G 6B1
Tel.: 613-228-8500, ext. 219