The purpose of this research project is to investigate the development and conditions of work in the eldercare sectors in Vancouver, Canada and Shanghai, China – two “global cities”, with important commercial and cultural linkages, that are both experiencing demographic transitions from aging populations.
Eldercare jobs include in-home caregivers and home support workers, residential assistants and care aides, community health workers, and care assistants. Workers may be hired directly, work for temp agencies, or be contracted out. Some are permanent, some are temporary or casual, and may work full or part time. We are not looking, in this study, at workers in nursing roles.