The Change Foundation recognizes the importance of advocating for legislation, policies and programs to support family caregivers. Through a review of existing legislation, policies, and programs designed to support family caregivers, the following paper has been developed to include relevant materials at the federal, provincial and territorial levels. Legislation supporting caregivers and related policies from a number of international jurisdictions, such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, has also been included. The international jurisdictions were chosen based on their notable initiatives to support family caregivers.
Overall, this paper describes initiatives in the following two areas:
- Formal recognition—formal legislation to recognize the contribution of caregivers as an integral part of the delivery of health care or to define who is considered a caregiver.
- Employment and financial supports—employment benefits or social programs that allow caregivers to maintain financial independence or security.