Canadian government launches programme to support caregivers in the workplace

Categories: Policy.

Many Canadians are juggling the demands of full or part-time employment with the need to provide regular informal care to family and friends. Caregiving can affect the well-being of employee caregivers, and lead to increased costs for their employers by impacting job performance, absenteeism and productivity.

The CECP is one of a range of activities that the Government of Canada and others are currently undertaking to support caregivers. These include tax measures, income replacement through employment insurance, and the provision of targeted programs for caregivers in populations under federal jurisdiction.

The CECP has three distinct elements:

  1. establishing a panel to consult with employers on workplace practices that support caregivers;
  2. analyzing the cost-benefit of workplace practices and supplying business case information; and
  3. exploring mechanisms for sustained employer engagement in this area.

Read the full article on the Canadian edition of ehospice