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

Unmet Mental Health Care Needs in Canada

| Jeff McKillop |

On Wednesday September 18, 2013, Statistics Canada released new data stemming from the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey – Mental Health.

In this survey, Statistics Canada reviewed the degree to which mental health care needs were being met in Canada based on a sample of 25,000 people.  This sample focused on Canadians living within the community but excluded Aboriginal communities, Canadian Forces personnel, and individuals in long-term care, hospitals, and correctional facilities.

Among those surveyed, approximately 1 in 10 Canadians reported mental health symptoms or substance abuse issues in the past 12 months.  Overall, 1 in 3 Canadians will experience a mental health or substance abuse issue in their lifetime.

The most commonly reported need was the need for counselling.  Unfortunately, this need was also the most likely not to be met.  Barriers to accessing mental health counselling were due to lack of information regarding how to get help, affordability, absence of insurance coverage, and stigma.