Infographic: Canadian Survey on Disability

Warning View the most recent version.

Archived Content

Information identified as archived is provided for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes. It is not subject to the Government of Canada Web Standards and has not been altered or updated since it was archived. Please "contact us" to request a format other than those available.

Release date: March 21, 2017
Infographic: Canadian Survey on Disability
Description for Infographic: Canadian Survey on Disability

The information you provide in the survey can help to answer questions, such as:

  • Do people with disabilities have the aids or assistive devices they need to succeed?
  • Are people with disabilities well represented in the workplace?
  • Are Canadian communities becoming more accessible?

One in seven Canadian aged 15 years and older reported a disability. This represents about 3.8 million Canadians.

Most common disabilities are related to pain, flexibility and mobility
Disability Percentage
Pain-related 10%
Flexibility 8%
Mobility 7%
Mental health-related 4%
Dexterity 4%
Seeing 3%
Hearing 3%
Memory 2%
Learning 2%
Developmental 0.6%

The average age of onset of disabilities reported is the early 40s.

4 in 5 persons with disabilities reported using at least one aid or assistive device. This represents 80%. The most common reason for not using aids or assistive devices was the cost.

Canadians aged 25 to 64 years old who reported that they were employed:

  • 49% – Persons with disabilities
  • 79% – Persons without disabilities

URL: Canadian Survey on Disability

Source: Canadian Survey on Disability, 2012

Date modified: