In its 2017 Caring for Caregivers campaign, CARP called for specific measures to help millions of caregivers on the verge of burnout. These included:
Provincial governments must clearly establish the right for flexible working arrangements for caregivers. The provinces must also align their employment standards with federal insurance benefits to provide a minimum of 27 weeks unpaid, jobprotected caregiving leave.
Federal and provincial governments must improve financial supports by: • changing the existing
non-refundable caregiver tax credit programs to refundable tax credits
delivered as cash payments • implementing a benefit
program where eligible caregivers are provided with a suitable monthly payment
Federal and provincial governments must increase funding for continuing care services to facilitate aging in place, such as home care, home support and adult day services
Provincial governments must ensure that caregivers have access to education and training programs, mental health supports and caregiver support groups. Visit: www.carp.ca/campaign/ support-for-caregivers/