A caregiver is a person who provides care to someone because of their relationship with the person who needs care. They can be family or friend, and they provide support and care to an individual with an illness or disability without being paid. A new study has found they’re the backbone of the health-care system.

According to a report by the Canadian Centre for Caregiving Excellence (CCCE), a quarter of Canadians identify as a caregiver, and half of Canadians will become a caregiver at some point.