Category Goals: Early childhood care and education has been a particular policy focus recently, and this has implications for caregivers. From childcare, to supports for caregivers of people with disabilities, to home care for ailing adults and seniors, we expect government to recognize unpaid or underpaid labour provided by caregivers, most frequently women. Government must not enact policies that increase the burden on caregivers, without increasing supports.
Conclusions: The Advisory Council on the Status of Women is encouraged to see investment in the early years that will benefit children, and is additionally impressed that the programs for children support their caregivers. Caregiving for seniors is clearly getting fresh attention from government, as well. Government’s challenge will be to plan responses that keep ahead of the needs of the aging population.
SUPPORTS FOR CAREGIVING: B+
This is an excerpt from the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women 2011 Equality Report Card for PEI, released in June 2011 and based on information updated to May 30, 2011. The Advisory Council is republishing one area of assessment each week on this blog. For more information, visit the Advisory Council on the Status of Women website.