Prevalence of disability in Canada
In 2001, 3.6 million Canadians living in households reported having activity limitations; this represents a disability rate of 12.4%.
The disability rate increases with
The disability rate increases with age
Survey results confirm that the disability rate gradually increases with age. From 3.3% among children aged 0 to 14, it rises to nearly 10% among adults aged 15 to 64 and climbs to more than 40% among persons aged 65 and over. In fact, more than half (53.3%) of persons 75 and over report having a disability. Within the population aged 15 to 64, this gradual increase is reflected in a rate of about 4% among young adults 15 to 24 years of age, compared to 7.1% among persons aged 25 to 44 and 16.7% among those aged 45 to 64.
In general, the disability rate is higher for women, except in the case of children under 15
The disability rate increases with age for both men and women. Nevertheless, women (13.3%) are generally more likely to report disability than men (11.5%). However, this relationship is reversed among children aged 0 to 14. Boys in this age group are more likely to have activity limitations, with a rate of 4.0% compared to 2.5% for girls. This higher prevalence among boys disappears when they reach their twenties; the disability rate is substantially the same for young men and women aged 15 to 24 years of age. Starting at age 25, the prevalence of disability is slightly higher for women than for men.