Guidance for Supporting Caregiving Employees

Caregivers make up 35% of the Canadian working population.

In Ontario alone there are approximately 2.5 Million people providing care to others while balancing work responsibilities

While many find the role fulfilling, the added responsibility of providing care can impact their physical and mental health.

As an employer, implementing caregiver-inclusive policies can go a long way to alleviating the pressure.

Why Create Caregiver-Friendly Workplaces?

The Benefits of Supporting Caregivers Include:

Learn How You Can Help

Our Employer Guide was designed to offer you the strategies and templates you need.


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As an employer, it’s likely that there are working caregivers on your team — and an excellent chance they’re facing burn-out. Learn the impacts of caregiving in the workplace and how to better support caregiving employees. 

Our Approach & Commitment

  • Our Approach

    Working collaboratively with caregivers, healthcare providers and other organizations, OCO partners with caregivers, health care providers and other organizations to build programs and services that caregivers say they need.

  • Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access (IDEA) Statement

    The Ontario Caregiver Organization (OCO) values the inherent worth of every person and all our differences, including age, ancestry, disability, gender expression, gender identity, race, religion, and sexual orientation.

  • Land Acknowledgement

    The OCO carries out our work while acknowledging the Indigenous Peoples of all the lands that we are on today.

    This land is home to many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples and acknowledging reminds us that our great standard of living is directly related to the resources and friendship of Indigenous people.


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Most of us, at some point in our lives, will be a caregiver to someone close to us. A caregiver provides physical and/or emotional support to a family member, partner, friend, or neighbour. Who do you care for?