Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

May 06, 2010 12:00 ET

Minister of State Ablonczy: Caregivers Play a Vital Role

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 6, 2010) - Today, the Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State (Seniors), spoke at the second annual Canadian Caregiver Coalition luncheon about the valuable contribution caregivers make to society.

"Our government respects and applauds the vital role that caregivers, young and old, play in Canadian society," said Minister of State Ablonczy. "As Canada's population continues to age, we understand that support for these caregivers will be more important than ever."

The Government currently supports caregivers through a range of measures, such as tax relief (Caregiver Tax Credit, Eligible Dependent Credit, Infirm Dependent Credit, Spousal Credit, Disability Tax Credit and Medical Expense Tax Credit); paid employment leave for caregivers of individuals who are gravely ill (Employment Insurance Compassionate Care Benefit); and direct programs and supports for caregivers of veterans and residents of First Nations and Inuit communities.

To assist not-for-profit organizations whose work supports unpaid caregivers, our government provides funding to develop or expand evidence-informed programs, tools and resources. Supporting the challenges of caregiving for Canadians of all ages was one of the priorities in the recent call for proposals under the Social Development Partnerships Program.

For more information on the Government of Canada's services for caregivers, please visit

Further details on the Government's programs and services for seniors can be found at

This news release is available in alternative formats on request.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister of State Ablonczy
    Alayne Crawford
    Senior Communications Advisor
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office