Canadians with a mobility disability

Release date: December 3, 2020
Infographic: Canadians with a mobility disability
Description: Canadians with a mobility disability

2.7 million Canadians aged 15 years and older (9.6%) have a mobility disability.

Canadians with a mobility disability by sex and age group:

  • Sex
    • 7.9% of men
    • 11.2% of women
  • Age group
    • 1.8%: 15 to 34
    • 9.0%: 35 to 64
    • 24.1%: 65+

55 is the average age when a person with a mobility disability begins to feel limited in their daily activities.

Top three aids and assistive devices used:

  • Bathroom aids (37.9%)
  • A cane, a walking stick or crutches (36.5%)
  • A walk-in bath or shower (20.1%)

Over half a million (540,000) Canadians with a mobility disability consider themselves housebound; 19.7% say it is because accessible transportation is not available.

Among those with a mobility disability who required physiotherapy, massage therapy or chiropractic treatments because of their condition, 72.0% had an unmet need for these services.

More than half (57.4%) of employed persons with a mobility disability aged 25 to 64 required at least one workplace accommodations.

Notes:

The Canadian Survey on Disability covers Canadians aged 15 years and older who experience limitations in their daily activities because of a long-term condition or health-related problem. Individuals with a mobility disability are those who experience limitations in their daily activities, such as moving around, even when using an aid that provides minimal support (e.g., a cane, a walking stick or crutches). Workplace accommodations include modified hours or days, reduced hours, assistive devices, and ergonomic equipment, etc.

Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Survey on Disability, 2017.

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