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Caregiver awards of up to $10,000 available

How many times have you admired the care that someone gives their loved one? Here's a chance to encourage someone with the 9th Annual Canada Cares CAREGIVER AWARDS.

The nomination deadline has been extended until the end of December, for an award to recognize those who provide care and support to others.

As many as 6 million Canadian family members and friends are caregivers. Whether it is parents looking after children with disabilities, spouses providing care or adult children supporting their aging parents, caring for others requires enormous commitment and dedication. Together with an army of health professionals, family caregivers work tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of others.

Now, once again, we’re inviting nominations from coast to coast to coast for this year’s recognition and financial awards. We will be recognizing caregivers in each province and provide up to $10,000 to make a difficult situation a little easier bit easier. In the past, recognition awards have been given to over 350 deserving individuals and financial awards have been used to purchase equipment, support respite, assist with transportation and provide basic necessities for both adults and young children. 

“Canada Cares has been celebrating and supporting outstanding family and professional caregivers for many years now,” says Caroline Tapp-McDougall, Executive Director of the Canadian Abilities Foundation, the organization that hosts the awards. “With the added risks and challenges of COVID-19, we think it’s more important than ever to recognize and support Canada’s outstanding individuals. So many families are struggling without some of the basics they need to cope with everyday living. It shouldn’t be that way!”  

Both family caregivers and health professionals who demonstrate dedication, tenacity and commitment to care are eligible for regional recognition awards and, if applicable, a financial award will improve their lives.

Nominations have been extended and will now close on December 31st, 2022.

To nominate visit:


Two 2021 Canada Cares award winners from Manitoba Courtesty/Canada Cares

James Michaluk, Manitoba

James began caring for his wife Edith in 2015 after she had a stroke. Although her mind still functions well, Edith is unable to walk or speak and requires constant care. James looks after her every need without assistance or complaint. His role includes toileting, showering, dressing, making her meals and taking her to all her appointments. On days he’s able to go to work at his own contracting company, James takes Edith with him as he’s been unable to find a trust-worthy health care aid in their community.


Rhonda Buchy, Manitoba

Rhonda’s brother Bob was diagnosed with MS over 45 years ago and has been at the quadriplegic stage for a while. As his MS progressed, Bob moved back to the family home where Rhonda was already caring for their elderly parents. Following the death of their parents, she remained in the home to continue caring for Bob so he wouldn’t have to be institutionalized. For the past 12 years, she has arranged for his home care and served as his cook, secretary, chauffeur, maid, night nurse (she gets up every two hours to check on him) and best friend. Her nominator says there’s nothing Rhonda wouldn’t do to ensure her brother’s comfort, safety and wellbeing.9th Annual Canada Cares CAREGIVER AWARDS

The nomination deadline has been extended until the end of December, for an award to recognize those who provide care and support to others.

To nominate visit:


Canada Cares is a program of the Canadian Abilities Foundation, a registered charity that provides information, inspiration and opportunity to people with disabilities, their friends, families and the entire spectrum of professionals engaged in their service, while promoting their full inclusion in all aspects of community life.



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