Canadian Veterans with Disabilities, 2017

Release date: November 8, 2019
Infographic: Canadian Veterans with Disabilities, 2017
Description: Canadian Veterans with Disabilities, 2017

Canadian Veterans with Disabilities, 2017

Over 240,000 Veterans in Canada have one or more disabilities. This represents 4% of the total population of persons with disabilities.

26% of Veterans with disabilities have at least one unmet need for aids or assistive devices.

70% of Veterans with disabilities have a pain-related disabilities.

The most commonly used healthcare services by Veterans with disabilities are physiotherapy, massage therapy, or chiropractic treatments (30%) and counselling services (15%).

1 in 5 (22%) Veterans with disabilities receive some form of disabilities benefits.

1 in 10 Veterans with disabilities consider themselves housebound.

Veterans with disabilities by age groups:

  • 15 to 44 (10%)
  • 45 to 64 (39%)
  • 65 and over (51%)

Notes:

  • The Canadian Survey on Disabilities covers Canadians aged 15 years and over who experience limitations in their daily activities because of a long-term condition or health-related problem.
  • This infographic covers persons with a disabilities who had reported previous Canadian military service but are no longer a member of the Canadian Armed Forces.
  • Persons with a pain-related disabilities are those whose daily activities are limited because of pain that is always present or due to periods of pain that reoccur from time to time (even when using medication or therapy, where applicable).

Source: Canadian Survey on Disabilities, 2017.

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