Am I a caregiver?

You’re not alone. There over 500,000 young caregivers in Ontario.

If you spend part or all of your day helping to take care of someone with a chronic or life threatening illness, disability, addiction, mental illness, or language barrier, then you are a caregiver.

Whether you provide emotional support, personal care, basic medical support or practical care such as cooking, babysitting or translating, you play an important role in the lives of those you help care for.

You’re there for them. We’re here for you.

Sometimes the added responsibilities of caregiving can make you feel different or isolated. But you’re not alone. There are over 500,00 young caregivers in Ontario and you can connect with many of them through this website. You can join an online peer support group or be part of the conversation in the online forum.

The Young Caregivers Association has resources as well, including an emergency planning toolkit. You can find this and other resources for young caregivers on their site:

Not sure where to start? Call our 24/7 helpline or talk to us in our live chat to find resources in your community.