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.