Persons with disabilities and COVID-19

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Persons with disabilities and COVID-19

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What makes them vulnerable?

Using data from the 2017 Canadian Survey on DisabilityNote 1, this infographic provides a snapshot of potential areas of impact and unique challenges persons with disabilities may face during the pandemic.

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Among the 6.2 million Canadians aged 15 and older with a disability, 21% (or 1.3 million) were living alone.

Almost half (49%) of those with a disability received help with daily activities because of their condition.

  • 36% relied only on help from outside their household.Note 2

778,000 of those with a disability considered themselves housebound due to their condition.

Of those:

  • 38% considered themselves housebound due to limited social connections outside the home.
  • 74% received help with daily activities because of their condition.

Among those with a disability, almost one in five (19%) reported that they do not use the Internet.

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The Public Health Agency of Canada has identified older adults as a vulnerable population, with increased risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19.

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In 2017, almost 1.4 million (42%) Canadians aged 70 and older living in a private dwelling had a disability:

  • Canada: 42%
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 34%
  • Prince Edward Island: 42%
  • Nova Scotia: 44%
  • New Brunswick: 44%
  • Quebec: 28%
  • Ontario: 48%
  • Manitoba: 47%
  • Saskatchewan: 45%
  • Alberta: 45%
  • British Columbia: 44%
  • Territories: 50%

Source: Canadian Survey on Disability, 2017.

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