Disability In Canada Statistics

DEFINITION: Disability in Canada Statistics
Disability in Canada Statistics refer to the numerical information and data that provide insights into the prevalence, characteristics, and impact of disabilities in the country. These statistics help monitor the well-being of individuals with disabilities, inform policies and programs, and advocate for inclusive societies.


1. What is the prevalence of disability in Canada?
According to the 2017 Canadian Survey on Disability, approximately 22% of Canadians aged 15 and older reported having a disability, representing about 6.2 million individuals.

2. How does disability affect employment in Canada?
In 2017, among persons with disabilities aged 25 to 64, only 49% were employed, compared to 79% among those without disabilities. This highlights the significant employment gap faced by individuals with disabilities.

3. What are the most common types of disabilities in Canada?
The most prevalent disabilities in Canada are related to pain, flexibility/mobility, and mental health. Roughly 5.2 million individuals reported pain-related disabilities, 4.9 million had flexibility/mobility-related disabilities, and 3.8 million had mental health-related disabilities.

4. What is the economic impact of disabilities in Canada?
The total annual direct and indirect costs of disabilities in Canada are estimated to be around $40 billion. This includes healthcare expenses, income support, lost productivity, and other related factors.

5. Are there gender differences in disability prevalence?
Yes, there are gender disparities in disability prevalence. In Canada, women have a slightly higher disability rate (23.6%) compared to men (20.2%). These differences may be influenced by various factors such as age, occupation, and health conditions.

6. How does disability affect poverty rates in Canada?
Individuals with disabilities face higher poverty rates compared to those without disabilities. In 2017, the poverty rate for persons with disabilities was 27.3%, whereas the rate for those without disabilities was 9.2%. This emphasizes the need for targeted support and inclusive policies.

7. Has there been any progress in promoting disability inclusion in Canada?
While more progress is needed, there have been efforts to enhance disability inclusion in Canada. The Accessible Canada Act was passed in 2019 to improve accessibility and remove barriers for individuals with disabilities. However, continued advocacy and implementation of inclusive policies are vital for further advancement.