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This is a special edition of PumpTalk – brought to you by the Petro-Canada CareMakers Foundation.

Tuesday, April 4th is National Caregiver Day in Canada, an opportunity to recognize the importance of the “invisible” unpaid work of caregivers and the valuable contribution they make to care recipients, our communities and our economy.

A man in his mid-30s pushing a young girl in a wheelchair along a path.

More than eight million Canadians provide unpaid emotional, social and financial support to ill, injured, disabled and aging loved ones. Family caregivers in Canada make up over 75 per cent of all patient care in Canada and they often feel overwhelmed, overworked, and unsupported for the tireless work they do every day. Family caregivers spend an average of 19 hours per week caregiving in addition to paid work and other family commitments.

Each year, as part of our mission to create awareness of the issue of family caregiving in Canada and support family caregivers, the Petro-Canada CareMakers FoundationTM provides grants to Canadian charitable organizations that support family caregiving to help them fund critical resources and programs.

The Petro-Canada CareMakers Foundation awarded grants to 13 Canadian charitable organizations this year for a total of $1.7 million to help address systemic challenges in the area of family caregiving. Grant levels varied for each organization and reflected the scale of the project or program for which funding was requested. 

Our latest national grant recipients include:

  • SickKids Foundation (Ontario)
  • The Children’s Link Society (Alberta)
  • Family Caregivers of BC
  • Inclusion New Brunswick
  • Seniors Resource Centre Association of Newfoundland & Labrador Inc.
  • Institute for Advancement in Mental Health (Ontario)
  • Families for Addiction Recovery (Ontario)
  • The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation (Ontario)
  • The Baycrest Foundation (Ontario)
  • Young Caregivers Association (Ontario)
  • Brain Injury Ontario
  • Autism Society Ontario
  • Saskatoon Council on Aging (Saskatchewan)

It’s an honour to support the work of these amazing organizations who make a difference in the lives of family caregivers. Their efforts are critical to achieving our Foundation's vision of a country where family caregivers are valued, recognized and supported.

You can learn more about these worthy organizations on our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. Registered charitable organizations interested in available grant streams may apply for funding based on eligibility and timing requirements.

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