Eight members of the Sustainable Care team visited Toronto, Canada to develop the programme’s international work with partners in Canada. Our visit was hosted by the Centre for Global Social Policy, University of Toronto and arranged in collaboration with them and Carers Canada; Canadian Home Care Association; Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Science; McMaster University; York University.

The visiting team was SC Principal Investigator Sue Yeandle; Director of Impact, Madeleine Starr (Carers UK); Sheffield-based team members Majella Kilkey, Kate Hamblin, Sarah Smith and Magda Lorinc; and team members at University of Alberta, Jacquie Eales and Andrew Magnaye.

Special thanks to our Canadian collaborators in this work:

The team’s visit comprised:

International Forum

(21 Nov, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto) on Care and Caregiving: research, policy and practice.

Research Workshops

(19 and 20 Nov, University of Toronto) on Care, Mobility and Migration, Technology and Care and Work-Care Reconciliation.


(18 Nov) with the Canadian Standards Association (to progress joint work on the project led by Dr Williams on a Workforce Standard for Caregiving Employees) and at York University, Toronto

International Forum on Care and Caregiving: research, policy and practice

The Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA) and its affiliate Carers Canada hosted the International Forum on Care and Caregiving, in partnership with the University of Toronto and University of Sheffield, to stimulate new ideas on how to support carers and their role in home care across Canada.

In Canada, 8.1m carers provide unpaid care for someone who is older, has a chronic condition or lives with disability. During the forum, policymakers, service providers and researchers shared findings experiences and practical applications relevant to the needs of an ageing society/supporting carers.

The Forum launched the International Association of Carers’ OrganizationsGlobal State of Care report, published with support from Embracing Carers. The forum showcased Canadian and international innovations on care and caring and included presentations of new research and innovative carer-friendly policies. Participants discussed practical solutions to support care and caring around the globe. Opening it, Canadian Home Care Association CEO Nadine Henningsen said it was an exceptional opportunity to ‘inform provincial and territorial governments in Canada as they enhance and expand their home care programmes, which include increased supports for caregivers’. Topics featured in the forum, attended by over 70 delegates, included:

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Financial Support for Caregivers: Andrew Brown, Director General, EI Policy Directorate, Employment and Social Development Canada, joined a panel of speakers to discuss the Canadian Federal Government’s efforts to minimise financial strain for carers.

Human Resource Strategies: Speakers from CBI Health Group and SE Health explored challenges in capacity issues, access to skilled human resources and an innovative approach to carer support, using the ‘one-of-a-kind’ platform ‘Elizz’.

International Programmes Aurélie Matignon (French Association of Carers) profiled outcomes of the Carers’ Cafes network in France and Madeleine Starr (Carers UK) spoke about strategies and partnerships in caring technology in the UK.

Technological Innovation Janet Daglish explained how Bayshore Health is integrating carers’ voice into home care services using a patient-family portal; and Gord Turner (CareLink Advantage) shared insights on spreading and scaling telecare across Canada.

World-class research Ito Peng, Centre for Global Social Policy, University of Toronto and Sue Yeandle, University of Sheffield presented their UN Women report, Eldercare Policies in East Asia and Europe and Allison Williams, CIHR Research Chair, Gender, Work & Health, McMaster University discussed the ‘Carer-inclusive and accommodating workplaces standard research program (project 7).

Dr Allison Williams
Professor & CIHR Chair in Gender, Work & Health, McMaster University

Catherine Suridjan
Director of Policy and Knowledge Translation, Canadian Home Care Association


Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Sue Yeandle and Madeleine Starr participated in a meeting at the offices of the CSA, which was arranged by Professor Allison Williams (McMaster University).

York University Toronto, Department of Sociology Kate Hamblin, Majella Kilkey, Magda Lorinc and Sarah Smith participated in an interesting and productive research sharing meeting organised by York University’s Professor Pat Armstrong.

Sustainable Care programme: Canada-UK Workshops

Each workshop was held over two days, with participants sharing colleagues’ ongoing research and planning future collaborations to strengthen relationships and deepen links between our teams. Each was jointly co-ordinated by UK and Canadian researchers and included invited presentations, facilitated discussions and planning sessions:

Care, Mobility and Migration:Coordinators: Majella Kilkey (Sheffield), Ito Peng (Toronto)

Work-Care Reconciliation:  Co-ordinators Madeleine Starr (Carers UK), Allison Williams, McMaster)

Technology and Care: Co-ordinators: Kate Hamblin (Sheffield), Arlene Astell (Toronto/AGE-WELL)

Pictures from the International Forum on Caregiving held at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, Canada

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