Let’s consider the example of caregiving in Canada. Caregiving is often a rewarding and positive experience, but it is also hard work. The emotional and physical demands of caregiving can negatively affect the health and well-being of those who provide care. It can also create financial hardships. Unpaid caregivers may never enter the paid labour market, with the result that they cannot contribute to public or private pension plans that provide long-term financial security and don’t have health and other benefits, such as coverage for prescriptions or dental care. For those in paid employment, the frequency and intensity of caregiving activities can result in employment interruptions, changes in work patterns, use of sick or vacation time, lack of advancement or giving up paid employment altogether.
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