A new report is highlighting the struggles of caregivers left to support family members who are aging, sick, or have disabilities, and is calling on a national strategy to recognize the financial and mental toll the often unpaid jobs can take.

The results of an online survey conducted by the Canadian Centre for Caregiving Excellence involving nearly 3,100 respondents is now shedding light on the rapidly growing problem.

“I had my grandmother living with us growing up. First she took care of me, then she developed dementia. I took care of her starting at the age of 10. I saw my mom through a palliative care journey and I’m now caring for my dad who is aging,” explained Liv Mendelsohn, executive director at the Canadian Centre for Caregiving Excellence.

Liv Mendelsohn’s story is just one of 6.4 million Canadians who are currently caring for loved ones.