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Leaving Some Behind: What Happens When Workers Get Sick

The Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP)’s report, titled “ Leaving Some Behind: What Happens When Workers Get Sick highlights the need for a fundamental renewal of Canada’s income, disability and employment support system and calls on the federal government, and roundtable participants to champion the renewal. 

This report was based on a sponsored discussion by the MS Society, Canadian Cancer Society and Canadian Caregiver Coalition, on the burden and household impact of serious illness in Canada which included 33 participants from academia, think tanks, government, employers, and private insurance along with 7 health NGO’s.  The meeting took place this past June in Ottawa and was convened by the Institute for Research on Public Policy.

Bringing the Voice of Canadian Caregivers to the International Stage 

The 6th International Carers Conference in Gothenburg, Sweden, September 4 - 6, 2015 was a great success.  

The Canadian Caregiver Coalition presented on the exciting work of the Coalition and our partner organizations.  Nadine Henningsen, CCC President and CHCA Executive Director also chaired a feature plenary session on  “Combining Work and Care”.   

The conference was opened by H.M. Queen Silvia and Asa Regnér, Minister for Children, Older People and Gender Equality, Government Offices of Sweden and Baroness Jill Pitkeathley, Member of the House of Lords,United Kingdom.  Speakers from over 30 countries, including UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada, Finland, Sweden, New Zealand, India and the USA presented over 200 papers.   



Mobilizing Action: Family Caregivers in Canada

The goal of Mobilizing Action is to develop a concrete action plan that will address the physical, psychosocial and financial needs of family caregivers. The two year pan-Canadian project builds on the findings from a number of influential events: the 2011 Canadian Caregiver Strategy, the 2013 Action Table on Family Caregivers and the 2013 Way Forward Caregiver Consultations. A success of this project will brings us closer to a Canada that recognizes, respects and values the integral role of family caregivers.


The project will move discussion into action. By bringing together a broad range of stakeholders with diverse perspectives and expertise, Mobilizing Action will identify actions to support family caregivers and gain commitment from stakeholders to:

  • Enhance awareness of caregiver needs and facilitate their voice in care provision and the health care system.
  • Improve access to caregiver support services and patient care resources.   
  • Alleviate the financial burden placed on family caregivers. 
  • Create flexible workplaces that recognize caregiving obligations.



Established in 2000, the Canadian Caregiver Coalition (CCC) is a virtual alliance of diverse partner organizations that work collectively, and autonomously, to identify and respond to the needs of caregivers in Canada.  

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for family caregivers through advocacy and synergistic partnerships.   

Together we strive to achieve our vision of “a Canada that recognizes, respects, and values the integral role of family caregivers in society”.   





Health NGOs endorse premier think tank’s roadmap for economic integration of Canadians with serious illness (Sept 3, 2015)

The Canadian Caregiver Coalition (CCC) and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada (MS Society) are pleased with the recommendations in the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP)’s report, titled “ Leaving Some Behind: What Happens When Workers Get Sick.”

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Global Organisations Working to Advance Carers Issues (Sept 2015)

IACO to host the third annual meeting of more than 14 countries to discuss caregiving needs.

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More accessible and flexible Compassionate Care Benefits worthy of election discussion declare three national healthcare coalitions (Aug 21, 2015)

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Bringing the faces and voices of family caregivers to Parliament Hill (May 12, 2015)

The Canadian Caregiver Coalition (CCC) and the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) are illuminating the challenges faced by millions of family caregivers to parliamentarians through the launch of a photographic census, co-hosted by the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), on Parliament Hill today.

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April 7 National Family Caregiver Day

Today, on National Family Caregiver Day, the Canadian Caregiver Coalition (CCC) is proud to raise our voices and engage stakeholders across the country to celebrate and recognize the 6.1 million Canadians who balance care and work and their contributions to our society.

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