Join Us You can make a positive difference in the lives of family caregivers in Ontario! Collectively, our voices can have a greater impact on policy makers and influence change. We encourage both individuals and organizations to consider joining us now!
April 2 is Family Caregiver Day! There are over 3 million unpaid caregivers in the province, providing support to loved ones facing illness, disability or challenges associated with aging. On April 2, 2019, join the Ontario Caregiver Coalition to recognize, celebrate and bring awareness to the value of caregivers to Ontario’s families, health care system, and economy. Find out more here.
OCC is now incorporated as a not-for-profit organization. OCC members continue to show support with their contributions! We want to acknowledge with deep gratitude the contributions made to date in 2018 by OCC members! If you would like to help or become an OCC member, please contact Joanne Bertrand, OCC Coordinator at JBertrand@alzon.ca
Most of the OCC's work is accomplished through the volunteer contributions of time and talent by our members.
The OCC is also supported by 4 working sub-committees: 1) Advocacy & Research 2) Awareness & Communication 3) Caregiver Advisory Council 4) Membership & Governance
If you are interested in joining any of our committees please contact Joanne Bertrand, OCC Coordinator at JBertrand@alzon.ca
2019 Pre-Budget Submission: Click below to read the OCC's 2019 Pre-Budget Submission that was submitted to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.
The Ontario Government should make the following investments to support Ontario's caregivers:
Caregiver tax credits should be made refundable to assist the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.
A caregiver allowance to ease the distress experienced by caregivers as a result of fearing for their income and job security and would enhance their capacity to continue caregiving.
Investments in service providers to allow them to retain their staff and backfill positions would ease financial pressures on employers.
Investment in respite services in the community would ease the burden on caregivers and reduce burnout. In turn, this would enable them to remain at work as less of their time would be spent on caregiving duties.