In the coming years, the need for home care services in Canada can be expected to increase. As the number of elderly people in the population grows, so will the prevalence of age-related chronic conditions that may jeopardize an individual’s ability to live independently in the community. In 2003, the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) collected detailed information about sources of formal and informal home care. For this report, formal home care encompasses government-subsidized health care or homemaker services, and care purchased from private agencies or provided by volunteers. Informal home care refers to help provided by family, friends or neighbours (see The questions). In 2003, 5% of Canadians aged 18 or older— an estimated 1.2 million—reported that they had received some form of home care in the past 12 months (data not shown). Although over half of these recipients (648,000) were aged 18 to 64, this group made up only 3% of the 18-to-64 population. A smaller number of home care recipients were seniors, but they comprised 15% of the household population aged 65 or older. This article focuses on home care use among seniors.