Housing vulnerabilities among Canadians with mental health-related disabilities

Release date: January 28, 2021
Infographic: Housing vulnerabilities among Canadians with mental health-related disabilities
Description: Housing vulnerabilities among Canadians with mental health-related disabilities

Based on data from the 2017 Canadian Survey on Disability, this infographic provides a snapshot of living situations and housing conditions that may worsen the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on persons with mental health-related disabilities.

  • Over 2 million Canadians aged 15 years and older have a mental health-related disability, including 1.3 million women and 755,000 menNote
  • Select living situations among Canadians with mental health-related disabilities in 2017:
    • Live alone: 20%
    • Female lone parents: 8%
    • Male lone parents: 1%
  • 21% of those with mental health-related disabilities were living in a household considered to be in core housing needNote
  • 42% of those with mental health-related disabilities were renters
    • Among them, 18% were living in subsidized housing
  • Among the 429,000 Canadians with mental health-related disabilities who considered themselves housebound:
    • 45% said social connections outside their home were limited
    • 35% said they did not feel safe leaving home
  • Over 1 million Canadians with a mental health-related disability received help with at least one type of everyday activity due to one or more of their conditions.
    • 373,000 relied solely on help from outside their household

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

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