Do you provide care or support to a family member or friend or do you know someone who does? Welcome to our Project and please read on…

Family and friends who provide support and assistance to others because of a physical or mental condition, chronic illness, or frailty play an important role in our healthcare system in Nova Scotia. These individuals, commonly referred to as family/friend caregivers, may be spouses/partners, children, parents, siblings, other family relation, friend or a neighbor. They may be helping someone (or more than one person) who lives at home or in a group residential setting. How they help may include things like providing personal care, helping around the house, providing transportation to appointments/shopping or coordinating care. What caregivers do, and the challenges they face in their role, can contribute to physical, financial and mental consequences. Further, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated some of the issues faced by caregivers, such as, burnout, feelings of isolation, anxiety and depression, while decreasing respite opportunities.

This project is about identifying and understanding the current needs of family/friend caregivers in Nova Scotia and what may be needed (services, programs, policies) to better support them in their role. The work is being done for Caregivers Nova Scotia, a not-for profit organization dedicated to providing recognition and practical assistance to family/friend caregivers.

Get Involved

Have your voice heard by completing our survey OR participating in a group discussion.

Participate in a Focus Group Discussion

Join us in-person or virtually where we will hold a discussion with a small group of family/friend caregivers to understand your experiences and needs. Group discussions will be held at select locations across the province, see below for the locations and time. Pre-registration is required. Each session is limited to 15 participants. If the focus group discussion you want to attend is full, please contact the project office to be put on a list, if more space becomes available.

African Nova Scotian Caregivers

Location: Wallace Lucas Community Centre, Lucasville

Wednesday December 7 2022

6:00-7:30pm – register here

Dates announced soon for focus groups with specific communities of interest: Newcomers to Canada


If you are having trouble signing up through the link, please email or call toll free 1-877-302-4440

Complete Our Survey

Survey for family/friend caregiversclick here

Survey for people who work with family/friend caregivers –  click here

Or request a print copy by contacting us by email ( or call toll free (1-877-302-4440)

How will we do our work?
Through literature review and environment scan, we will develop an understanding of what currently exists in Nova Scotia, and other jurisdictions, by way of targeted services for family/friend caregivers as well as identify the factors that may limit access or use of services. In addition, insights from family/friend caregivers and those who work with them will be collected through focus groups and surveys. For more information go to project activities.


When are we doing this work?


Why are we doing this work?
Information gathered through this project will be used to enhance existing services as well as inform future government initiatives. It will also provide an opportunity for caregivers to have a voice and help to elevate the important role of family/friend caregiving in Nova Scotia.



How can you get involved?
Share your perspective by participating in a focus group (in person or online) or completing a survey. Information on the survey and group discussions will be available in October. Pre-registration for group sessions will be required. If you want to receive information when it becomes available or if you have any questions, please contact our project office:

Email:     Telephone (toll free in NS): 1-877-302-4440

This project is funded by Caregivers Nova Scotia through funding received from the NS Department of Seniors and Long-term Care.