Caregiving & Work: The Availability, Accessibility and Perceived Effectiveness of Workplace Supports for Canadian Caregivers Project

caregiving-and-work_soins-et-le-travailEmployees 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

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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.

Project Timeline

This project is ongoing and will be updated as research continues.

Project Team

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