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September 26, 2023

Research Snapshot: The Value and Distribution of Family Caregiving in Canada

A summary of a study about the economic value and distribution of caregiving

September 26, 2023

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Research has shown that caregiving is often unrecognized and devalued, and care work and its related costs are unequally distributed within families and society. Estimates of the monetary value of unpaid care work in Canada are outdated and incomplete.

To address these knowledge gaps, researchers conducted a study using General Social Survey (GSS) data to estimate the current monetary value of caregiving in Canada, position it relative to the broader economy, and report ways in which care work is distributed among family caregivers.

This research builds on our growing understanding of the Family Work component of the Vanier Institute’s Family Diversities and Wellbeing Framework.

Fast, J., Duncan, K. A., Keating, N. C., & Kim, C. (2023). Valuing the contributions of family caregivers to the care economy. Journal of Family and Economic Issues. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10834-023-09899-8