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Care, whether paid or unpaid, is a pressing issue in Canada. Understanding the changing landscape of care requires concepts that are both theoretically consistent as well as practical and relevant to the Canadian context. 

In this presentation, we outline Statistics Canada’s conceptual framework on the care economy, which is aimed at providing a foundation to move forward on data development and research on issues of care. This framework draws on a review of the key literature on the care economy, as well as consultations with experts and stakeholders, in Canada and internationally. In this presentation, we outline the framework’s scope for the care economy and present key proposed definitions for central concepts of paid and unpaid care, including a focus on care-dependent groups.

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2024, 1:30 to 2:30 PM EDT

Number of registrations: 70 

Number of attendees: 27

About the presenters:

Patricia Houle, Statistics Canada 
Patricia Houle graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1995 with a Bachelor in History and Social Sciences.  She joined Statistics Canada in October 1995 where she played several roles touching data collection, education, health and social surveys and spent several years in questionnaire design and qualitative research.  She led the General Social Survey program redesign in 2010 and took over the management of the Time Use Survey in 2013.  She participated in many international projects related to Time Use where she built her expertise.  She chairs the UNSD Expert Group on Innovative and Effective Ways to Collect Time-Use Statistics.  She has recently been given the management of the care economy project along with the caregiving and care receiving survey.

Dana Wray, Statistics Canada 
Dana Wray, PhD is an Analyst at Statistics Canada, focusing on the development, collection, and analysis of data related to time use and the care economy. She played a key role as a researcher on Statistics Canada’s care economy project and is the lead author of the conceptual framework on the care economy. Apart from her work at Statistics Canada, Wray has taught and published peer-reviewed research in the areas of unpaid care work, work-family policy, and gender inequality.



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