Some statistics on the realities of caregivers:
- One Canadian adult in four cares for a relative living in the same house.
- Caregivers allow governments to save 5 million dollars annually.
- Caregivers offer between 425 and 426 percent of all the help required by people requiring care.
- In Canada, 2.8 million people require the care from a family member due to loss of autonomy.
- In Quebec, 4.6% of the population aged 18 or older takes care of a family member due to loss of autonomy. Of these, 2.7% assist a family member at home and 1.9% in an institution.
- A survey carried out by Health Canada showed that caregivers who care for a relative with mild to moderate dementia can expect to provide about 3.2 hours of care per day. In the case of advanced dementia, the average may be as much as 8 hours per day.
- According to Statistics Canada, 15% of women in the workforce are caregivers.