Disabilities in Canada

| Jeff McKillop |

Statistics Canada recently released new information about disabilities in Canada. The information comes from the 2012 Canadian Survey on Disability (CSD).  Disability, in this survey, was defined as anyone why reported limits in their daily activities due to a long-term condition or health problem.

The survey found that:

  • Approximately 14 percent (3.8 million) of the adult Canadian population report a limitation in daily activity due to a disability.
  • Among the total Canadian population, the most prevalent disabilities were pain, flexibility, and mobility impairments followed by psychological disability.
  • Among younger adults (aged 15 to 24), the most prevalent disability was psychological disability.
  • With age, the prevalence of disability increases.
  • Women have a higher prevalence of disability than men, independent of age.
  • Over 81 percent of people with disabilities report using some form of assistive aid or device.

For more information, visit Statistics Canada.
Disability in Canada

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