Volunteer Work

Spring 1999 CSANews Issue 31  |  Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.Back to list

An estimated 23% of Canadian seniors contribute some time each week as unpaid volunteers. Many other seniors look after children. In 1995, just under 20% of seniors looked after children at least once a week.

The economic value of the volunteer work done by seniors is estimated at between $764 million and $2.3 billion annually. As caregivers to spouses, family, friends and neighbours, seniors are also a vital force in reducing health care costs.

Reprinted courtesy of Division of Aging and Seniors, Health Canada