Quebec Observatory on Caregiving

A unique hub bringing together caregivers, researchers, practitioners, decision-makers and the general public around the topic of caregiving.

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CALL 811 (Info-Santé/Info-Social). If you need support or have concerns or questions about your health or that of a family member or friend, call 811 to speak to a nurse or psychosocial worker. Bilingual and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it’s free and confidential.

To speak to a caregiver counselor about a difficult situation, ask questions or get a referral, call l’Appui’s Caregiver Support Helpline.
Bilingual; open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

1 855 852-7784
[email protected]

To find community resources offering caregiving information and support near you, consult l’Appui’s Resource Directory or Proche aidance Québec's list of member organizations (in French only).



All latest news from the Observatory, developments on caregiving, plus online activities and events.



The Observatory gathers and disseminates reliable, objective information whose purpose is to raise awareness of the realities of caregiving and better support all caregiving stakeholders.

Consult the Knowledge portal

Browse the publications, resources and documents on our website.

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See the Observatory’s publications

Consult original publications on caregiving produced or co-produced by the Observatory and its collaborators.

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Explore what we know about the five dimensions of caregiving

Caregiving is a complex reality. Find out more about caregiving and those who are involved by browsing the publications on the five dimensions below.

What is caregiving


Realities of caregiving


Repercussions of caregiving


Analysis of caregiving support


Society and caregiving


An ambitious project: making knowledge available to all

The mission of the Observatory is to provide reliable and objective information to caregivers and the many stakeholders who support them. By making a vast range of knowledge and resources readily available, in one place and at no cost, the Observatory raises awareness, stimulates action, informs decision-making and fuels research, all of it with a view to improving caregivers’ quality of life.

Consult our Knowledge portal.

Focused on the multiple dimensions of caregiving

Caregiving can be gratifying, but it can also have repercussions for the caregiver. The Observatory supports caregiving stakeholders and their efforts to foster awareness and recognition of the contribution of caregivers, and to assist them in their role, regardless of their age, gender, living environment, the type of disability of the care receiver or the nature of their involvement with them.

A unique hub of knowledge production and transfer

The Observatory is the first of its kind: a knowledge hub focused entirely on caregiving in its many different aspects. Beyond its own output and activities, the Observatory promotes concerted action with all caregiving stakeholders — caregivers, researchers, practitioners and decision-makers — to bring their contributions and perspectives to the fore. Grounded in this multidisciplinary approach, the Observatory is a source of reliable and relevant information on caregiving, both from Quebec and elsewhere.