Caregivers in Canada, 2018
In 2018, approximately one in four Canadians aged 15 and older (or 7.8 million people) provided care to a family member or friend with a long-term health condition, a physical or mental disability, or problems related to aging.Unpaid caregiving provided by family and friends has become increasingly recognized as an important role in society. Caregiving reduces the social costs associated with health services and institutionalization. In addition, care recipients benefit when they are able to remain at home and maintain a positive quality of life.Caregivers perform a variety of tasks that differ in terms of the level of intensity and the degree of emotional and physical demands. While most caregivers (64%) spent less than 10 hours a week on caregiving responsibilities, 15% spent 10 to 19 hours, and 21% spent 20 hours or more.Over the next few months, Statistics Canada will be releasing a "Care Counts" series. This series delves into key trends and societal changes influencing caregiving and care receiving in Canada.