FACT Sheets

FACT sheets are 4-page research briefs that are topical and intended for a policy and practice audience. Many of these briefs synthesize and integrate research findings across projects. Here's a few of our recent FACT Sheets.


How deep is the digital divide? ICT literacy and the role of assistive technology in helping older workers - May 2017

As the Canadian economy becomes increasingly knowledge-based and technology-driven, older workers who struggle with computers and other technologies may find themselves less employable. By understanding the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) literacy skills of older workers, we can develop strategies to help older workers retain their current jobs, gain new jobs, or use assistive technologies more effectively to balance the “double burden” of paid work and family care. Using Canadian data drawn from the OECD’s Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIACC) administered between 2011 and 2012, we describe older workers’ ICT literacy and the factors that put them at risk of poor ICT literacy skills.

A snapshot of Canadians caring for persons with dementia: The toll it takes - October 2015

As the population ages, there is a growing number of Canadians living with dementia. Their ability to continue to live in the community relies on the support of family members and friends. By knowing who supports Canadians with dementia and the consequences they experience, we can better support these caregivers through difficult times and reduce the stigma associated with the disease. Using Statistics Canada’s 2012 General Social Survey (GSS), we compare the characteristics of Canadians providing care to persons with dementia and non-dementia and the health, social, and financial consequences they face.

Combining care work and paid work: Is it sustainable? - September 2014

Combining care work and paid work is the norm for many employed Canadians, with caregivers making up 30% of the workforce. In fact, there are over 5.6 million employed caregivers aged 19-70 in Canada, and most work full-time. Understanding how caregiving threatens caregivers’ employment and economic security and escalates employers’ costs related to absenteeism and reduced productivity is crucial for informing Canadian strategies and policies aimed at reducing avoidable employer costs. Using Statistics Canada’s 2012 General Social Survey (GSS), we describe care-related employment consequences in Canada and determine what drives them.

For more FACT sheets please see Snapshots of aging