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CARP has recognized that caregivers from coast to coast are often left high and dry… on their own to care for loved ones with little day-to-day relief. We heard you, our members, when you said “better caregiver support” is a priority

Our new Caregiver Campaign needs your voice to help call on federal and provincial governments to do the right thing: increase financial benefits for family caregivers in Canada.

Over 8 million Canadians provide unpaid care to family members and friends with health issues, including chronic conditions and disabilities. Caring for a loved one can be a rewarding experience, but it can also be personally challenging and all-encompassing: a perfect storm for the onset of caregiver burnout, emotionally, physically and financially.

At CARP we believe from coast to coast we are long overdue for improved awareness and greater financial benefits for caregivers.

Our three campaign asks are:

A Rebate not a Tax Credit.
Caregivers are entitled to a federal Family Caregiver Tax Credit. But tax credits only help those who pay taxes. Those who most need relief – individuals who have given up their employment to provide care – receive no benefit. Changing this Federal tax credit to a rebate would ensure all caregivers can obtain this financial relief.

Support for caregivers of the chronically ill as well as the dying

Right now, individuals can claim Employment Insurance (EI) if they care for a family member expected to die within 26 weeks. But many caregivers miss work to assist loved ones with chronic illnesses who are not imminently dying. EI needs to be expanded so these caregivers can benefit too.

An allowance for those providing extraordinary care.

Sometimes family members want to provide care, but lack the financial resources. A means-tested allowance paid directly to the caregivers would enable them to make ends meet while allowing their loved ones to stay in their home and community. Sweden, Australia, the UK and Nova Scotia have such programs. All Canadian caregivers deserve the same.

Click here for more information on our caregiver policies.

 

 

Provincial Asks

Allowances for those providing extraordinary care. 


Sometimes family members want to provide care, but lack the financial resources. A means-tested allowance paid directly to the caregivers would enable them to make ends meet while allowing their loved ones to stay in their home and community. Sweden, Australia, the UK and Nova Scotia have such programs. All Canadian caregivers deserve the same.

Take Action: Email your Provincial Representatives

Federal Asks

Support for caregivers of the chronically ill and the dying.

Right now, individuals can claim Employment Insurance (EI) if they care for a family member expected to die within 26 weeks. But many caregivers miss work to assist loved ones with chronic illnesses who are not imminently dying. EI needs to be expanded so these caregivers can benefit too.

A Rebate not a Tax Credit. 


Caregivers are entitled to a federal Family Caregiver Tax Credit. But tax credits only help those who pay taxes. Those who most need relief – individuals who have given up their employment to provide care – receive no benefit. Changing this Federal tax credit to a rebate would ensure all caregivers can obtain this financial relief.

Take Action: Email your Federal Representatives

Caregiver Stories

Todd’s Story

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It was on a visit to his mother that Todd noticed that something was wrong. Unpaid bills were scattered about and her usually tidy house, was in complete disarray.

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Barb’s Story

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Barb Brzezicki’s mother Stella was only 52 years old when she started to misplace her keys. Soon, it was credit cards, eyeglasses and losing her purse several times a week.

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Norine’s Story

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The first sign came in 1969, when Bill and Norine were basking in the glow of their son’s birth. Bill faltered on his way to the kitchen. He lost his balance and stumbled into a wall and his vision went blurry.

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Susan’s Story

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Susan was working full time as a Professor of Dance at York University, acting as her husband’s caregiver and raising their young daughter. It wasn’t long before the relentless pace caught up with her.

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Share Your Story

If you are a caregiver, how will extended compassionate care benefits help you to support your loved one? Share your story to help us present a united voice to demand more comprehensive options for caregivers.

Email advocacy@carp.ca

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