The Care We Need

Everyone needs care at some point in their lives. A lot of the work that goes into meeting the needs of others goes unrecognized, is undervalued, and is performed by women.

Care is often not recognized as skilled work, and its value to our economy is overlooked because it involves tasks that society generally views as ‘women’s work.’ Despite much of the work being essential, many paid care jobs are low-waged, precarious, and have poor working conditions.

The COVID-19 pandemic brought many women and caregivers to a breaking point. The climate crisis, an aging population and a raging pandemic make it even more urgent that we address ongoing issues in the system now.

Without investments in public care services to support good jobs, decent working conditions and high standards for care, the responsibility to provide care will continue to fall back on women and families.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Together, we can build a world where everyone has the care they need.


This International Women’s Day, help us amplify the voices of paid and unpaid care workers. Share your story or that of someone you know.

Share your story

Our jobs, our families and our economy depend on having our care needs met. Tell Ottawa we need real action to address Canada’s care crisis.

Email your MP

The people who provide care should be visible, valued and supported. Use our tool to put care workers at the center of the conversation.

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The work of caring for others supports individuals, families, communities, and allows society and our economy to function. Unfortunately, care work is not well understood. It’s time to bust some myths around care.

Download the factsheet

There is no such thing as unskilled labour – and care is no exception. Listen to CLC experts talk about the urgent need to improve working conditions and recognize the importance of workers in the care economy at the CLC’s IWD Event on March 10, 2022.

Watch the video