New Report Takes a Closer Look at Family Caregivers in Ontario
The Change Foundation released an in-depth review of Ontario-specific data from Statistics Canada’s 2012 General Social Survey on caregivers and caregiving. The report helps to paint a more complete picture of the province's family caregivers in a number of key demographic categories. Read more
The report's key findings include:
An estimated 3.3 million Ontarians, 29% of the provincial population, are family caregivers.
53% (1.8 million) of caregivers are women and 47% (1.5 million) are men.
Nearly three in 10 caregivers perform medical treatments such as tube feedings, wound care and injections.
2.5 million Ontario caregivers are balancing caregiving duties with paid employment and of these caregivers:
30% (741,000 people) were late for work or had to leave early;
29% (735,000 people) missed an average of six days of work because of caregiving duties; and
1% (33,000 caregivers) left their employment voluntarily or involuntarily.
One million caregivers said they felt they had no choice in taking on their caregiving responsibilities.
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