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This Year, Mother’s Day and All of May Means So Much More.

The pandemic has had a devastating effect on diverse mothers and family caregivers in Canada.

They carry so much unpaid care and household responsibilities. At the same time, many of them face high risks in their paid jobs at the frontlines of care work. And they’ve experienced a great deal of job losses in the pandemic. The burdens and barriers are worse for those experiencing poverty, discrimination, and gender-based violence.

The work women and gender-diverse people do to take care of us is undervalued. Gender justice is the solution.

The Mother Rising Needs You

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Are you a mother or caregiver? Take our short online survey on what mothers and caregivers need to rise in 2021. Your voice will help us develop actions and policy recommendations to make things better in Canada at this critical time.

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On April 19, the federal government made a historic announcement to invest in early learning and childcare. This is an important and long-awaited development. Childcare in Canada has been unaffordable and inaccessible for too long, and fractures in the way childcare is administered have become especially glaring in the pandemic.

The promise has been made; now we need to keep all governments accountable today and into the future. Send this letter to your representatives to let them know that you support the effort and will hold them to the promise.

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Thursday May 27, 12:00-1:00 PM EST
Digital event, in English only

Featuring Perdita Felicien, Olympian and Author of My Mother’s Daughter: A Memoir of Struggle and Triumph, and her mother Cathy Felicien Browne

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Friday June 4, 1:30-2:30 PM EST
Digital event, in English and French

Voices of diverse mothers and caregivers in Canada take centre stage at this Canada-wide digital event. Results of May 2021 polls and surveys will be shared, and mothers and caregivers will get an opportunity to connect with each other and with decision-influencers about what concerns them today. Discussions and ideas generated at this event are essential to the Canadian Women’s Foundation actions and policy approaches moving forward.

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Send an e-card to a mother/caregiver in your life by giving a gift of love to uplift everyone who mothers. Your gift helps mothers and caregivers get the community support they need and sparks the change Canada needs to make sure all mothers can rise.

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Your Experiences …

I’m a visible minority person of color with children, and a woman. Those three factors have resulted in discrimination in my life. I’m trying to focus on growing my professional career, as well as raise children who are also facing systemic racism … I am tired.

- survey participant

It is nearly impossible in the ‘normal’ times to be a mother and work a steady career. Juggling the two is both mentally and physically draining. the pandemic is making it even more impossible to be a caregiver to my 3 children and not miss time at work. Losing pay that I can’t afford to lose, losing accountability with my employer, and losing confidence in my ability to be a provider.

- survey participant

Part-time staff do not have sick time, personal days, etc. It makes it really hard if you need time off to help your children or deal with everything that is going on.

- survey participant

It has been trying. I’m caring for my children and parents while trying to keep myself healthy and well. I also have responsibilities to my employer. It’s been trial by fire. I have had many break downs and cried more in this year than ever.

- survey participant

I am feeling very alone with the lack of ability to get help from others. Also, impacted my relationship with my husband as we are never able to be without the kids. My children have struggled mentally with this illness so it feels like I never do enough or can be enough for everyone.

- survey participant

Very isolating to be in a pandemic and on maternity leave. Has impacted mental health and family life.

- survey participant

I feel very overwhelmed and anxious. It is hard to take care of my kids this much on my own and work and be isolated.

- survey participant

We don’t have any family nearby and willing to be in our bubble so there has been no support or breaks in 13 months. I am exhausted and keep losing work and I am now helping my child with online school. My mental and physical health has suffered this year.

- survey participant

I am utterly exhausted. I am so exhausted that no amount of rest can refresh me. I have to be 110% “on” 24/7. Everyone has access to me 24/7. They say that it takes a village to raise a child. Before the pandemic, even though my village was small, it was there. Even when the breaks were few and far between, they came. Now, I have no village, and I haven’t had a single break in over a year.

- survey participant

We can no longer rely on our daycare as they can shut down on a moment’s notice if there’s a positive case. At the beginning of the pandemic they shut down for two months and now we feel like we’re back to square one having to scramble childcare plans.

- survey participant

I have developed major anxiety, and am now taking medication. I am struggling to find any moments of happiness between trying to keep up with my job and support virtual learning, and manage the house.

- survey participant

The Facts

  • Mothers have taken on the equivalent of two full-time jobs: Women reported an average of 68 hours per week of caregiving before COVID-19 hit Canada and 95 hours per week after, compared with men who spent 33 and 46 hours, accordingly.

  • Levels of depression and anxiety in mothers almost doubled: 35 per cent of the mothers reported symptoms of depression in 2020, compared to 19 per cent in the pre-pandemic period.