Canadian Cancer Society applauds move to ease family caregiver worries

06 March 2013

TORONTO -

The Canadian Cancer Society is pleased to learn that legislation reintroduced at Queen's Park yesterday will strengthen job security for family caregivers.

"Bill 21 is welcome news for those who need to take leave from work to care for a loved one with cancer," says Rowena Pinto, Vice President, Public Affairs and Strategic Initiatives for the Canadian Cancer Society in Ontario. "This legislation will allow families to concentrate on supporting their loved ones instead of worrying about losing their jobs. Although we would like to see the legislation evolve into a paid leave, we are pleased with this important step by the government."

The Canadian Cancer Society believes that family caregivers should have prompt and easy access to the support and services they need when caring for a loved one. The Society and its volunteers have been advocating on this important issue at the provincial and federal levels for years.

"Cancer is more than a health issue. It is also a complex social issue," says Pinto. "With approximately 22% of Canadians grappling with caregiving responsibilities for seriously ill family members, the physical, emotional, and financial burden on caregivers is a veritable strain on many families."

To make progress in the fight against cancer, the disease must be fought from different angles. Putting the issue of improved family caregiver benefits on the political radar is one of the many ways the Canadian Cancer Society is fighting back against a disease that touches far too many lives.

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

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