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The Petro-Canada CareMakers Foundation supports family caregivers by providing grants to registered charitable organizations nationwide. Meet some of our grant recipients and find out how they’re making a difference in the lives of caregivers every day.
The Petro-Canada CareMakers Foundation supports family caregivers by providing grants to registered charitable organizations nationwide. Meet some of our grant recipients and find out how they’re making a difference in the lives of caregivers every day.

Since our launch we have awarded over $7.6 million to organizations changing the lives of Canadian caregivers. These examples show how your generous contribution is put into action to change lives across the country.



Giving families the support they need to transition kids with high medical needs out of the hospital and back into their homes.


Ensuring caregivers of people with disabilities have what they need to be fully supported in their community.


Improving access to training that will foster community-level support for caregivers in underserved, remote areas of BC.


In 2023, we awarded another $2.4 million through our national grants to organizations working to create transformational change in the lives of family caregivers across Canada.
17 organizations in 7 provinces were awarded grants of up to $300,000.

2022 National Grant Recipients
AB The Children’s Link Society In response to the increased demand from families caring for a loved one with a disability, Children’s Link is developing the LINKed platform. We are pleased to provide the funding that will help them transform their website into a highly functional user platform with greater access to resources and tools, and extend their reach across Alberta.
BC Family Caregivers of BC We are proud to support the creation of a new learning management system that will help Family Caregivers of BC broaden their reach and participation of family caregivers living in more remote areas of the province.
NB Inclusion NB Individuals who have an intellectual and developmental disability and their families are often isolated and vulnerable. We are proud work with Inclusion NB to provide greater consultative support and training for caregivers who want to help empower a person with a disability to live a full and valued life in the community of their choice.
NL Seniors Resource Centre Association of Newfoundland & Labrador Inc. We are pleased to support the development and distribution of videos and other information materials that will help support the journey of family caregivers in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Canada Institute for Advancements in Mental Health We are excited to help fund a multi-province research initiative that will map all available resources for caregivers of people with mental illnesses, and help caregivers overcome one of their most enduring obstacles - navigating the mental health system in Canada and accessing help.
Canada Families for Addiction Recovery Families for Addiction Recovery provides support to parents whose children are struggling with addiction through a free phone support line and one-on-one sessions with trained parent supporters. Through this funding, we will be able to help them meet and expand their support for family caregivers dealing with the unique challenges and stigmas of addiction.
ON SickKids Foundation Through this funding, we look forward to helping SickKids Foundation grow the number of family caregivers with direct access to Connected Care - a training and virtual support program for caregivers who are transitioning from hospital to home with a child who has high medical needs.
ON The Princess Margaret Through a new e-health intervention called iCALM for Family Caregivers (iCALM-FC), The Princess Margaret wants to reduce distress and promote the psychological well-being of family caregivers of advanced and metastatic cancer patients. Our funding of this project will help The Princess Margaret conduct research and make recommendations to rollout the service nationally.
ON The Baycrest Foundation With our support, the Baycrest Foundation is working to develop a Canadian caregiver assessment tool that will help those thrust unexpectedly into the role of caregiver understand their own needs, strengths and limitations. The tool will help healthcare providers recognize the value of caregivers, identify their needs and increase collaboration and coordination of caregiver services.
ON Young Caregivers Association We are proud to provide the funding needed to establish Young Caregiver programs and services at the local/regional level within 2 additional provinces, in order to assess and create an effective plan to eventually roll out in every province.
ON Brain Injury Ontario With our support, Brain Injury Ontario will provide free training for caregivers through the development of 5 self-guided learning courses. The educational modules will help caregivers expand their knowledge and provide coping strategies that will help them personally, in turn enhancing the lives of the individuals they support.
ON Autism Society Ontario Through our funding of the CARES program, caregivers of autistic children across Ontario will have access to a facilitator-led support group that will help parents foster a healthy and resilient mindset and skills for self-care. The support group will bring families together, allowing parents to connect through shared experiences and form a supportive social circle.
SK Saskatoon Council on Aging Once again we are pleased to support the work of the Caregiver Information and Support Centre in Saskatoon. With this grant we will fund the expansion of mental and physical well-being services for family caregivers across Saskatchewan, and facilitate dialogue with other provincial caregiver centers toward the goal of building a national support network.
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2021 National Grant Recipients
CanadaAbility Online Support NetworkOur funding helped Ability Online expand their online platform to give the parents and family caregivers of youth with disabilities more ways to share, learn, and engage with each other.
ONBaycrest Foundation Through a monthly series of educational guides and webinars, Baycrest helps family caregivers navigate the complex health care system, provide education and support to help meet their needs and challenges.
SKBridgepoint Center for Eating Disorder RecoveryBridgepoint offers two-day workshops for family caregivers of those with eating disorders and disordered eating. Our support helped Bridgepoint continue to offer these in-person workshops and expand their reach by creating an online version of the course.
CanadaCanadian Virtual HospiceThis project helped Canadian Virtual Hospice expand their library of videos and other instructional material to cover a wider range of caregiving tasks, providing family caregivers with the guidance they need to deliver safe care at home.
ABCaregivers AlbertaWith our funding, Caregivers Alberta created an online course based on their award-winning in-person program, COMPASS for Caregivers. This course provides caregivers with the skills and strategies they need to take care of themselves and improve their ability to take care of loved ones.
CanadaFamily Caregivers of British ColumbiaThe National Caregiver Impact Project, in partnership with the CareMakers Foundation, brings together expertise from across Canada to make progress on accelerating caregiver friendly health care.
QCLa Fiducie du patrimione culturel des AugustinesWith our support, Le Monastère des Augustines is able to provide more respite stays promoting caregiver health, rest and renewal. The respite packages include specialized workshops that will enhance the ability of the caregiver to take care of themselves and their loved ones.
QCMcGill UniversityThe Royal Institution for the Advancement of Learning at McGill University has a wide range of expertise and resources to help those caring for loved ones with dementia. Our funding helped McGill make those resources available to caregivers from coast to coast.
ONMcMaster University and Carers CanadaThrough our funding of a research project, McMaster and Carers Canada are creating a better understanding of the experiences of working caregivers and employers and gaining insights into challenges and possible solutions.
SKSaskatoon Council on AgingWe’re pleased to have helped the SCOA improve access to a broad range of practical supports & information caregivers need through website updates, online presentations and chat groups, and telephone support.
ON & BCYee Hong Center For Geriatric CareWith our support, Yee Hong launched The CARE for Caregivers Project, which is helping them assist the Gaia Community and Wellness Society to develop quality, culturally and linguistically appropriate services for family caregivers of Chinese older adults (and other ethnic groups) in Vancouver.
ONYoung Caregivers AssociationThe Young Caregivers Association is a leader in service, awareness and empowerment for young caregivers in southwestern Ontario. Our funding is helping them digitize core programs and training modules to make them accessible across Canada.
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2020 National Grant Recipients
BCAssociation of Neighbourhood Houses BC Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House focuses on supporting, enabling caregivers through support circles, resource referral, and care management. 
ONBaycrest FoundationTogether with Baycrest, we created 3 online modules to support family caregivers. Discover how demanding caregiving can really be. 
Canada Canadian Home Care AssociationWith our support, the Canadian Home Care Association expanded its reach to increase awareness and recognition of family caregivers across Canada. 
ONCircle of CareWith our funding, Circle of Care created the Caregivers Club, to support and recognize caregivers when they need it most.
ONCommunity Care City of Kawartha LakesOur funding enabled Community Care CKL to provide caregiver respite via transportation services for their loved ones. This contributed towards the sustainability of Community Care’s Specialized Transportation fleet of vehicles.
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The local grant program provides financial assistance to community-based organizations across the country who are supporting caregivers directly. In 2023, we funded 110 local grants in 9 provinces.

2022 Local Grant Recipients
ABALS Society of Alberta
ABAutism Society of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
ABDr. Margaret Savage Crisis Centre Society
ABECSSEN Career School
ABInclusion Lethbridge Association
ABIndependent Living Resource Centre of Calgary
ABPilgrims Hospice Society
ABRonald McDonald House Charities Alberta
ABThe Calgary Between Friends Club-Fun and Fellowship for Disabled Youth
ABYour Health Foundation
BCAbbotsford Association for Healthy Aging
BCAbbotsford Hospice Society
BCJewish Family Services Agency of Vancouver
BCJohn Rudy Health Resource Centre Association
BCLake Country Health Society
BCLower Mainland Down Syndrome Society
BCPowell River Hospice Society
BCQuadra Circle Community Connections Society
BCRonald McDonald House BC & Yukon owned and operated by The Children’s Family House Society of BC
MBManitoba Possible Services Inc.
MBSpecial Olympics Manitoba Inc.
NBAlzheimer Society of New Brunswick / Société alzheimer de Nouveau Brunswick Inc.
NSBig Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Halifax
NSCamp Triumph for Children Affected by Chronic Illness
NSRonald McDonald House Charities Atlantic
NSVictorian Order of Nurses for Canada - Nova Scotia Branch / Les infirmières de l’ordre de Victoria du Canada - succursale Nouvelle-Écosse
ONAble2: Support For People With Disabilities
ONAutism Home Base Durham Inc.
ONBeth Donovan Hospice
ONBruce Peninsula Hospice Inc.
ONCancer Assistance Program City Of Hamilton & District
ONChildcan The Childhood Cancer Research Association
ONChildren’s Aid Foundation Of Canada
ONChildren’s Treatment Centre Foundation Of Chatham-Kent
ONCommunity Support Services Of Niagara Region
ONGeorgian Bay Cancer Support Centre
ONHamilton Health Sciences Foundation
ONHolland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
ONHospice Toronto
ONHospice Vaughan
ONLansdowne Children’S Centre Foundation
ONNanny Angel Network Inc.
ONOntario Lung Association
ONOntario Prader-Willi Syndrome Association
ONSinai Health Foundation
ONThe Arthritis Society / La société d’arthrite
ONThe Dorothy Ley Hospice
QCAssociation des aidant naturels du Bassin de Maskinonge « Main Tendres »
QCAssociation des personnes proches aidantes Drummond
QCCarrefour des proches aidants de Québec
QCCentre d’action bénévole Concert’Action
QCCentre d’action bénévole des MRC de Montmagny et de l’Islet
QCCentre d’action bénévole de Charlevoix
QCCercle amical du Quebec / Friendship Circle of Quebec
QCLe temps d’une pause, répit et soutient aux ainés
QCFondation de la société de soins palliatifs à domicile / Palliative Home-Care Society Foundation
QCRegroupement soutien aux aidants de Brome-Missisquoi
QCRéseau des proches aidants Les Moulins
QCService d’entraide de Breakeyville
QCRésidence de soins palliatifs Saint Raphael Inc. / The Saint Raphael’s Palliative Care Residence Inc.
SKBridgepoint Center Inc.
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2021 Local Grant Recipients
ABAlberta Adaptabilities Association
ABCalgary Cerebral Palsy Association
ABCalgary Seniors’ Resource Society
ABCerebral Palsy Association in Alberta
ABInclusion Lethbridge Association
ABJewish Family Service Calgary
ABKids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta
ABParkinson Association of Alberta
ABRoad Ahead Society of Calgary: Future Planning Resources for our Family Members with a Disability
ABRonald McDonald House Charities Alberta
ABSage Seniors Association
ABVecova Centre for Disability Services and Research
ABWellspring Calgary
ABWheatland and Area Hospice Society
BCBridge Youth & Family Services Society
BCCanadian Mental Health Association Vernon and District Branch
BCCassie and Friends: A Society for Children with Juvenile Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases
BCCerebral Palsy Association of British Columbia
BCCompassionate Neighbourhood Health Partners Society
BCCowichan Family Caregivers Support Society
BCLake Country Health Society
BCNanaimo Brain Injury Society
BCRidge Meadows Seniors Society
BCSeniors Come Share Society
BCVictoria Hospice Society
MBAlzheimer Society of Manitoba Inc.
MBManitoba Hospice Foundation Inc.- Fondation De L’hospice Du Manitoba Inc.
MBSteinbach Community Outreach Inc.
MBThompson Seniors Community Resource Council Inc.
MBTown of Morris
NBNew Brunswick Association For Community Living Inc./Association Du Nouveau Brunswick Pour L’integration Communautaire Inc.
NBOpal III - Fredericton Respite Services Inc.
NLSeniors Resource Centre Association of Newfoundland & Labrador Inc.
NSBig Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Halifax
NSVictorian Order of Nurses for Canada - Nova Scotia Branch  Les infirmières de l’Ordre de Victoria du Canada - Succursale Nouvelle-Écosse
ONCanadian Mental Health Association, York Region Branch
ONCarefor Eastern Counties
ONCedarbrook Society
ONCentral West Specialized Developmental Services
ONChatham-Kent Hospice Foundation
ONChildcan The Childhood Cancer Research Association
ONCommunity Care Northumberland
ONCommunity Family Services of Ontario
ONCommunity Living North Halton
ONCommunity Living Oakville
ONEmpower Simcoe Foundation
ONFamilies for Addiction Recovery
ONHospice of Waterloo Region
ONHospice Vaughan
ONLeukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada
ONPhilip Aziz Centre for Hospice Care
ONRonald McDonald House Charities Toronto
ONSikhs Serving Canada Association
ONUnited Way Halton & Hamilton
QCAssociation des proches aidants Arthabaska-Érable
QCAssociation des traumatisés cranio-cérébraux de la Montérégie
QCCentre Communautaire “L’eclaircie”
QCCentre d’Aide aux Proches Aidants des Basques
QCFondation de la Société de soins palliatifs à domicile / Palliative Home-Care Society Foundation
QCLa Societe Alzheimer De L’estrie
QCL’association Des Tcc Des Deux Rives (Quebec-Chaudiere-Appalaches)
QCLe hameau des Cultures
QCLes Aidants Naturels Du Haut St-Laurent (ANHSL)/The Natural Caregivers of The Haut St-Laurent (NCHSL)
QCL’Étoile de Pacho - Réseau d’entraide pour parent d’enfant handicapé
QCRegroupement Des Proches Aidants De Bellechasse
QCRegroupement Soutien Aux Aidants De Brome-Missisquoi
QCSociété Alzheimer Outaouais/Alzheimer Society Outaouais
QCSociete Quebecoise Du Syndrome D’angelman
SKEden Care Communities Foundation Inc.
SKHeritage Community Association Inc.
SKJubilation Residential Centres Inc.
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