Who is Providing Care?

A caregiver is a person who provides informal and unpaid personal care, support or assistance to another person because that other person lives with challenges due to a disability, an illness, an injury and/or aging.

A caregiver can be a loved one, family member or a friend.  A caregiver may live with the person that is receiving care, nearby or hours away.

Study: Caregivers in Canada, 2012 Stats Canada

In 2012, about 8.1 million individuals, or 28% of Canadians aged 15 years and older, provided care to a family member or friend with a long-term health condition, disability or aging needs.

New data from the 2012 General Social Survey showed that women represented the slight majority of caregivers at 54%. The survey also found that caregiving responsibilities most often fell to those aged 45 to 64, with 44% of caregivers in this age category.

Ailing parents were the most common recipients of care, with 39% of caregivers looking after the needs of their own parents and another 9% doing so for their parents-in-law. The least common were spouses, at 8%, and children, at 5%.

For the first time, the survey looked at the types of health conditions requiring care. Age-related needs topped the list, with 28% of caregivers providing care for these needs. Cancer was next at 11%, followed by cardio-vascular disease at 9%, and mental illness at 7%.

Saskatchewan and Manitoba residents report the highest levels of caregiving

The proportion of caregivers varied across provinces, with Saskatchewan and Manitoba having the highest rates of caregiving in 2012 at 34% and 33%, respectively. Also above the national average were Nova Scotia (31%) and Ontario (29%).

This information can be found on the Stats Canada website:


Family caregiving: What are the consequences? by Martin Turcotte

Catalogue no. 75‑006‑X

ISSN 2291-0840

September 2013


What types of caregivers provide the most hours and kinds of care? Which ones are the most likely to experience various consequences associated with family caregiving? This article compares the different types of family caregivers, based on the relationship with their main recipient.

PDF can be located http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75-006-x/2013001/article/11858-eng.pdf

We recognize that there are many caregivers across Manitoba that are providing care to individuals who are not considered seniors.  We were unable to locate at this time more general statistics on the number of individuals providing care to people of all ages.  Please contact us if you have any statistical information that you can share.  Thank you!