Making Women’s Care Work Visible

Caring labour is undervalued in all domains of social life. Whether this is the unpaid care provided to support family members, or low-paid care labour done in private homes or institutional settings, it is women who disproportionately do the relational work foundational to creating the conditions that underpin the pursuit of social justice.  The social, economic and health effects of discounting caring work are high and cumulative – especially for older women, women from poor and racially/ethnically marginalized households, and communities around the world who provide most of the low wage caring work done in Canada. Social policy can make a difference in supporting and recognizing – or making more burdensome – the caring labour that various groups of women do.


Research found in this knowledge hub analyses the effects of policy on caring labour.  Find research that critically assesses the effects that economic restructuring and cuts to health and social services have on women’s capacity to provide effective care for themselves, their own and other’s families, and their communities.


Consider research findings that highlight how social policy contributes to the devaluing of care work as opposed to other types of labour, privileges certain groups, and renders other groups increasingly socially tainted, especially as those members age.

You will also be able to reflect on changing patterns of social isolation and inclusion of older people living in Canadian urban neighbourhoods,


Innovative policy is clearly needed to create an age friendly society. Research found in this hub dares to suggest social policy alternatives that prioritise the contributions that women’s caring labour make to the health and quality of life of all Canadians.