Federal Government misses opportunity to support family caregivers

    OTTAWA, Jan. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The needs of the average Canadian
struggling with the pressures of holding down a job and caring for their
elderly parents while also raising young children were neglected in
yesterday's budget. This omission is a big disappointment to the millions of
Canadians trying to cope with the need to financially support their families,
save for retirement, and provide care for loved ones with health care needs.
    The Canadian Caregiver Coalition (CCC), on behalf of an estimated 5
million family caregivers across the country, has been urging the Federal
Government to take action on this important social issue. "Based on the
election promises and November Speech from the Throne, we thought that the
Government had recognized the need to act," said Nadine Henningsen, CCC
    Family caregivers provide care and assistance for spouses, children,
parents and other extended family members who are in need of support because
of age, disabling medical conditions, chronic injury, long term illness or
disability. Caregiving places a financial, emotional, physical and mental
burden on families, especially when balancing caregiving responsibilities with
paid employment in the regular workforce. With the current economic downturn,
stock market instability and uncertain employment security, family caregivers
across Canada were looking to the federal government for recognition of their
challenges. According to a recent online poll conducted by CARP, an
overwhelming 95.7 % of respondents indicated support for the government to
initiate financial measures to support family caregivers.
    The CCC will seek to understand why the interests of family caregivers
were not addressed in the budget and will continue to urge that the Federal
Government consider enriching the existing caregiver tax credits; and creating
an advisory panel to determine effective and meaningful ways for assisting the
growing population of caregivers in Canada.

    About the Canadian Caregiver Coalition

    The Canadian Caregiver Coalition is a diverse group of national and
provincial organizations from across Canada that work collaboratively to
represent and promote the needs and interests of family caregivers with all
levels of government, and the community.
    The vision of the Canadian Caregivers Coalition is a Canada that
recognizes and respects the integral role of family caregivers in society, and
supports this role with the understanding that it is not a substitute for
public responsibility in health and social care.

For further information:

For further information: Nadine Henningsen, President, Canadian
Caregiver Coalition, (613) 569-1585, www.ccc-ccan.ca

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