If every caregiver took one week off, our care systems would collapse before noon on the very first day, writes Naomi Azrieli, the Chair and CEO of The Azrieli Foundation.
Work by unpaid caregivers is equivalent to 2.8 million full-time paid care providers
The Canadian Centre for Caregiving Excellence (CCCE), an initiative by the Azrieli Foundation, is celebrating its one-year anniversary this month, and it has been an exhilarating year as we’ve established a national movement to give caregiving a strong voice and an equally vital platform. In addition to funding program and educational opportunities for caregivers and care providers, the Centre’s goal is to put caregiving at the top of the provincial, territorial, and federal government public policy agendas. The Centre also seeks a co-ordinated approach through a common, inclusive definition of caregiving, a national caregiving strategy, provincial caregiving legislation and international caregiver recognition.
The time is now for a national caregiver strategy
CCCE’s initial undertaking in late 2022 was to publish a white paper entitled,
Our discussions with caregivers, care providers, researchers and stakeholders from across the country bore testimony to the need for a national caregiver strategy and set in motion subsequent actions to address unmet needs.
CCCE will be hosting a National Caregiving Summit in Ottawa from Nov. 6 to 8, 2023. I am excited to bring together policymakers, thought leaders, researchers, academics, caregivers, care providers, health, and social service organizations and leaders, and recipients of care to build the foundation of national caregiving strategy. The importance of this work cannot be underestimated.
Part of the CCCE’s mission is to inject a sense of urgency, to respond to lived experiences, to expose the hard facts, and to consider the diverse needs and views of Canadians. We hope to be an agent of authentic change and hope you will follow our progress .