Family/friend caregivers comprise the backbone of the Canadian health care system. They provide 70-80% of care to individuals with a chronic health problem or disability at an estimated value of $25-26 billion annually. For those who develop policies and programs to support the family/friend care sector, it is critical to understand the characteristics of current family/friend caregivers. Using data from Statistics Canada’s 2007 General Social Survey (GSS) on family, social support, and retirement, we describe the characteristics of family/friend caregivers age 45 and older in Canada.
Fast, Janet; Duncan, Karen; Dunlop, Chelsea; Eales, Jacquie; Keating, Norah; Lero, Donna; and Yoshino, Satomi
"Policy Brief No. 2 - Gender differences in family/friend caregiving in Canada,"
Population Change and Lifecourse Strategic Knowledge Cluster Research/Policy Brief: Vol. 1
, Article 1.
Available at: http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/pclc_rpb/vol1/iss2/1