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Canadians in Context - People with Disabilities

How many are we?

  1. Population Size and Growth

Where do we live?

  1. Geographic Distribution

What are our perceptions?

  1. Perceptions and Life Satisfaction



The People with Disabilities section provides information on the Canadian Population with a Disability and Type of Disability.


Population with a Disability

About 3.8 million Canadians (13.7%) reported having a disability in 2012. The percentage of Canadians with disabilities increased with age, ranging from 4.4% for people 15 to 24 years to 42.5% for those 75 years and over.


This Chart contains data for Population with a disability, by age, 2012. Information is available in table below All ages = 13.7 75+ years = 42.5 65-74 years = 26.3 45-64 years = 16.1 25-44 years = 6.5 15-24 years = 4.4 (percent) Population with a disability, by age, 2012

Source: Statistics Canada. Canadian Survey on Disability 2012: Tables, Table 1.1 Prevalence of disability for adults by sex and age group, Canada, 2012, Catalogue no. 89-654-X, Ottawa, 2013.


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Population with a disability, by age, 2012 (percent)
15-24 years25-44 years45-64 years65-74 years75+ yearsAll ages
4.46.516.126.342.513.7

Gender and Age

In 2012, a greater proportion of females (14.9%) reported a disability than males (12.5%). This does not hold for all age groups. A similar proportion of males aged 15 to 24 (4.5%) and females in the same age group (4.3%) were reported having a disability.


This Chart contains data for Population with a disability, by gender and age, 2012. Information is available in table below All ages (Female) = 14.9 All ages (Male) = 12.5 75+ years (Female) = 44.5 75+ years (Male) = 39.8 65-74 years (Female) = 27.5 65-74 years (Male) = 25.0 45-64 years (Female) = 17.1 45-64 years (Male) = 15.2 25-44 years (Female) = 7.1 25-44 years (Male) = 6.0 15-24 years (Female) = 4.3 15-24 years (Male) = 4.5 (percent) Population with a disability, by gender and age, 2012

Source: Statistics Canada. Canadian Survey on Disability 2012: Tables, Table 1.1 Prevalence of disability for adults by sex and age group, Canada, 2012, Catalogue no. 89-654-X, Ottawa, 2013.


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Population with a disability, by gender and age, 2012 (percent)
15-24 years25-44 years45-64 years65-74 years75+ yearsAll ages
Male4.56.015.225.039.812.5
Female4.37.117.127.544.514.9

Regions

The percentage of Canadians with disabilities was lowest in Nunavut (6.9%) and highest in Nova Scotia (18.8%).

This Chart contains data for Population with a disability, by region, 2012. Information is available in table below Nu = 6.9 NT = 8.2 YT = 14.4 BC = 14.8 AB = 12.5 SK = 15.0 MB = 15.6 ON = 15.4 QC = 9.6 NB = 16.4 NS = 18.8 PE = 16.0 NL = 14.1 CAN = 13.7 (percent) Population with a disability, by region, 2012

Source: Statistics Canada. Canadian Survey on Disability 2012: Tables, Tables 1.1 to 1.14 Prevalence of disability for adults by sex and age group, Canada/province/territory, 2012, Catalogue no. 89-654-X, Ottawa, 2013.


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Population with a disability, by region, 2012 (percent)
CANNLPENSNBQCONMBSKABBCYTNTNu
13.714.116.018.816.49.615.415.615.012.514.814.48.26.9

Type of Disability

Pain, flexibility and mobility were the three most reported disabilities among adults aged 15 and over. Adults were most likely to report some limitations due to pain (9.7%) followed by flexibility (7.6%), and mobility (7.2%). Women reported more of these types of disabilities than men (11.2% pain, 8.5% flexibility and 8.2% mobility for women versus 8.2%, 6.6% and 6.2% for men).

The most prevalent types of disability varied by age. While young people (15 to 24) mostly reported mental/psychological disabilities, learning disabilities and pain; those aged 45 to 64 mostly reported pain, flexibility and mobility[1].

This Chart contains data for Population with a disability, by type, Canada, 2012. Information is available in table below Unknown = 0.3 Developmental = 0.6 Memory = 2.3 Learning = 2.3 Seeing = 2.7 Hearing = 3.2 Dexterity = 3.5 Mental / Psychological = 3.9 Mobility = 7.2 Flexibility = 7.6 Pain = 9.7 (percent) Population with a disability, by type, Canada, 2012

Source: ESDC calcultations based on Statistics Canada. Canadian Survey on Disability 2012: Tables, Table 3.1 Adults with disabilities by type, sexe and age group, Canada, 2012 and Table 2.1 Adults with and without disabilities by sex and age group, Canada, 2012, Catalogue no. 89-654-X, Ottawa, 2013.


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Population with a disability, by type, Canada, 2012 (percent)
PainFlexibilityMobilityMental / PsychologicalDexterityHearingSeeingLearningMemoryDevelopmentalUnknown
9.77.67.23.93.53.22.72.32.30.60.3

Footnotes

  1. Statistics Canada. "Disability in Canada: Initial findings from the Canadian Survey on Disability," Fact sheet, Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division, Catalogue no. 89-654-X, No. 002, Ottawa, December 2013.

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2014-12-20