The leader of Canada's New Democrat Party (NDP) Jack Layton recently announced that if he was elected, he would seek to help members of the sandwich generation with a $1.3 billion initiative, according to The National Post.
"Caring for our parents and raising the next generation are the most important things we'll ever do as families and they’re the most important things we do as a country," he said, the news source reports.
"If elected prime minister, I’ll put forward practical first steps that will give families a break."
The plan would help Canadian families modify their homes to better fit the needs of older adults by allowing them to take out a forgivable loan that could help cover half of costs up to $35,000. Layton also suggested starting a program that would pay $1,500 in benefits to help those caring for a sick or injured loved one.
This could be a boon for families who are struggling to maintain a senior's independent living. It could also be an important way for caregivers to hire skilled nursing workers who can help them carry out their duties.