Care Aware

Caregiver Recognition Day is the first Tuesday in April. This is a legislated day which is part of the Caregiver Recognition Act proclaimed by Minister Jim Rondeau on April 2nd, 2012.

Each year an event is held on Caregiver Recognition Day to provide awareness and access to local supports for family caregivers. This years event will take place on April 1st in Brandon Manitoba.

Official Caregiver Recognition

Manitoba leads the country in official caregiver support. We are the only province to have a Caregiver Recognition Act and a legislated Caregiver Recognition Day.

The Manitoba Caregiver Recognition Act    

In 2011, the Manitoba government made an important first step toward recognizing the valuable contributions of informal caregivers by developing the Manitoba Caregiver Recognition Act. The Act acknowledges the vital role of caregivers. It sets out principles and actions for government and non-government agencies to follow to support the health and well-being of caregivers. The principles outlined in the Act include:

  • The relationship between caregivers and the persons for whom they care should be recognized and respected.
  • The valuable social and economic contributions that caregivers make to society should be recognized and supported.
  • Caregivers should be acknowledged as individuals with their own needs, within and beyond the caring role.
  • Caregivers should be supported to enjoy optimum health and social well-being and to participate in family, social and community life.
  • Caregivers should be considered important contributors with other care providers in the provision of care, support or assistance, acknowledging the unique knowledge and experience of caregivers.
  • Caregivers should be treated with dignity and respect.
  • Caregivers should be supported to achieve greater economic well-being and sustainability. Where appropriate, they should have opportunities to participate in employment and education.
  • Support for caregivers should be timely, responsive, appropriate and accessible.

The act also includes the establishment of a Caregiver Advisory Committee, consultations with caregivers and others; and the establishment of the first Tuesday of April as Caregiver Recognition Day in Manitoba.

For more information on the Act, please contact the Seniors and Healthy Aging Secretariat at 204-945-6565 in Winnipeg; toll-free 1-800-665-6565 or visit http://web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/statutes/ccsm/c024e.php