According to a recent Statistics Canada report, almost one-quarter (22 per cent) of Canadians, aged 15 years or older had at least one disability in 2017. That represents 6.2 million people whose everyday activities are limited because of a long-term condition or health-related problem.

By age group, the older you are, the worse it gets. Thirteen per cent of youth, aged 15-24 years, have at least one disability. That number rises to 20 per cent of working-age adults, aged 25-64 years; 38 per cent of seniors, aged 65 years and older; and 47 per cent of those aged 75 years and older.

The top four most common disabilities reported are pain-related (15 per cent), flexibility (10 per cent), mobility (10 per cent) and mental health-related (seven per cent). Other disability types include seeing (five per cent), hearing (five per cent), dexterity (five per cent), learning (four per cent), memory (four per cent) and developmental (one per cent). Notably, among youth with disabilities, 60 per cent were mental-health related.

Statistics Canada says, in 2017, 1.6 million Canadians with disabilities were unable to afford the required aids, devices or prescription medications due to cost.

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