Let’s celebrate invisible work

Let’s celebrate invisible work

April 5 is Invisible Work Day in Canada.

What is invisible work?

Invisible work or unpaid work is work for which a person does not earn a wage.

This is essentially for parents who work hard for their children, volunteers who get involved with charitable causes and caregivers who care for others.

The definition of invisible work is a little broader in third-world countries. There, it also includes daily tasks required for your family to survive, like getting fresh water, growing food and making clothes.

This work is considered invisible because it is not included in the gross domestic product of a country and not remunerated.

And yet…

Unsuspected economic boost

  • There are 2.8 million couples with at least one child under 16 years of age. Of these, 55% work full-time.
  • 13 million Canadians over the age of 15 (46%) have been caregivers at some point in their life for a family member or friend suffering an illness, disability or loss of autonomy.
  • More than 13.3 million Canadians over the age of 15 (47%) have volunteered, representing 2.07 billion hours or 1.1 million full-time jobs.

Time to say thank you

Do you know an invisible worker? Take a few minutes to thank them.

Thanks to their devotion, empathy and generosity, mutual help is still possible!