A family caregiver wrapping her arms around her spouse.

Caring for those who care for others.

Over 8 million Canadians devote their lives to loved ones. For them, caring is more than an act of kindness, it’s an everyday commitment. We believe that caregivers need support too, and we are focusing our efforts on this important cause.
1 in 4 Canadians is a caregiver
Many of us take on the role of family caregiver for a friend or loved one who needs support.
Over 51% are overwhelmed
Caregivers are often worried, anxious and tired because of caregiving responsibilities.
19 hours per week on average
This time spent caregiving is in addition to paid work and other family commitments.

Our story.

Looking to make a meaningful difference, Petro-Canada™ asked Canadians about the issues that matter most to them. One issue that everyone was equally passionate about, and thought could use some help: Family Caregiving. That’s because family caregivers devote their lives to helping their loved ones. It can be a challenging role that many step into unexpectedly, to provide critical support often without any training. Nearly all Canadians can see themselves in this reality at some point in their lives. In fact, over 8 million Canadians are living it right now.

So Petro-Canada leaned in to support caregivers themselves; those who go unseen and unsupported. Because caring for those who care for others, it’s the Canadian way, and it’s exactly what is needed to best serve communities across Canada.

With that, The Petro-Canada CareMakers Foundation came to life in November 2020. Our goal is to support family caregivers while inspiring the rest of Canada to do the same. In this initiative, we’re grateful for the support of Suncor, the proud owner of Petro-Canada, for committing to this cause.

Meet caregivers who have shared their story.

These personal experiences highlight some of the many challenges faced by family caregivers across Canada.

Working together to care for caregivers.

Through our valued network, we enable and amplify the work of organizations supporting family caregivers in Canada.
Meet some of the organizations that we have funded.

Resources and Links.

Understanding what it takes to be a family caregiver is difficult, but there are experts in the field who can help.

eLearning Modules

Caregiving looks different from person to person and situation to situation. Learn how to identify, engage and support caregivers with a framework of best practices.
A woman sitting in front of laptop completing caregiving courses.
Module 1: This eLearning module will help you understand the difficult work of caregivers and it will describe some of the factors that can influence the caregiving experience.

Module 2:  This eLearning module will help you have a supportive conversation with a caregiver.

Caregiving in Canada: Challenges and Opportunities Shaping a National Conversation

Read what we learned from thought leaders and advocates in the caregiving industry.
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In October 2020, our virtual roundtables brought together thought leaders and advocates in the caregiving industry. We brought these experts together to inform our work in the caregiving sector, and to better understand the key issues and opportunities that caregivers face every day.

We hope to continue to host these gatherings on a regular basis, to ensure our work is based on the knowledge and insights of those who work everyday to support the broad diversity of caregiver needs across Canada.

Show caregivers that they are appreciated for their patience and compassion.

Frequently asked questions.

What is your definition of a family caregiver?
How can I make a donation?
Do you provide tax receipts?
Beyond charitable grants, what other charitable activities will you undertake?
How is the Petro-Canada CareMakers Foundation funded?
When can I apply for funding?
Who is eligible to receive funding from the Petro-Canada CareMakers Foundation?
Who makes up the Board of Directors?
I am a family caregiver in need of support. What resources are available to me?
I'm looking for more information. How can I contact you?