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12,851,821 people live in Ontario.
According to the link
from the Toronto District School Board website.
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Facts and Statistics
Statistics Canada’s Participation and Activity Limitation Survey (PALS) provides information on the prevalence of people with disabilities, their employment profile, education, their income, and their participation in society.
Total Number and Percentage of People with Disabilities in Canada •Approximately 3.6 million people in Canada have disabilities, representing 12.4 percent of Canada’s population.
Total Number and Percentage of People with Disabilities in Ontario• Approximately 1.5 million people in Ontario have disabilities, representing 13.5 percent of Ontario’s population.
Disability Rate Increases with Age• Of the total Canadian population in 2001, 12.4 percent have a disability. National statistics indicate that 41 percent of people aged 65 and over have a disability, while among those aged 15 o 64, 10 percent have a disability. Of the total population of Canadian children aged 0 to 14, 3 percent have a disability.
Projected Statistics on Aging Population• Projections show that by 2021, seniors with disabilities will outnumber 25- to 64-year-olds with disabilities. In 2026, the majority of people with disabilities will be 65 years of age or older—some 3.05 million people.
Education• Approximately 40 percent of adults with disabilities have a post-secondary education, compared to 48 percent of the non-disabled population.
The following table indicates the highest level of educational attainment for adults in Ontario ages 15 to 64:
Less than high school
298 030 (37%)
1 606 550 (24%)
193 320 (24%)
1 865 550 (28%)
Trades Certificate or diploma
92 650 (11%)
626 760 (9%)
136 310 (17%)
1 179 600 (17%)
93 700 (12%)
1 506 710 (22%)
• More women than men have completed college or university in the non-disabled population (42 percent versus 37 percent, a 5 percent differential), as well as in the population of people with disabilities (31 percent versus 25 percent, a 6 percent differential).
Employment• Over half (54 percent) of working age adults with disabilities are either unemployed or not in the labour force, compared to less than a quarter (24 percent) of working age adults without disabilities.
• The employment rate for people with disabilities is 41 percent, compared to 76 percent for people without disabilities.
• The unemployment rate for people with disabilities (26 percent) is over 5 times higher than the unemployment rate for people without disabilities (5 percent).
The following table indicates the labour force activity for adults in Ontario, ages 15 to 64:
336 120 (41%)
5 175 000 (76%)
Unemployed/Not in the work force
443 040 (54%)
1 610 070 (24%)
Trades certificate or diploma
36 780 (5%)
• A breakdown of the results by gender for Ontario adults indicates that 45 percent of men and 38 percent of women with disabilities are employed, compared to 81 percent of men and 72 percent of women without disabilities. This contrasts with the higher post-secondary education of women with disabilities.
• Total income is defined as the “total of income from all sources, including employment income, income from government programs, pension income, investment income, and any other money income.”
• Ontarians with disabilities reported an average income of $22 543, compared to $34 144 for the non-disabled population, a difference of over $11 000. Ontarians who have disabilities have an average income that is less than a third (33 percent) of the average income of people without disabilities.
• Nine percent of adults with disabilities have a total income of over $50 000, compared to 21 percent of the non-disabled population. Of the adults with disabilities who have incomes over $50 000, 14 percent of men have a total income of over $50 000, compared to 5 percent of women.
• Eighty-four percent of women with disabilities and 65 percent of men with disabilities reported income of less than $30 000.
• Forty-six percent of adults with disabilities in the labour force make less than $15 000 a year, compared to 32 percent of people without disabilities. Just over half (56 percent) of women with disabilities in Ontario’s labour force have a total income of less than $15 000, compared to approximately a third (33 percent) of disabled men.
The following table indicates the total income of adults with and without disabilities in Ontario, for ages 15 and over:
Without income in 2000
52 650 (4%)
403 940 (5%)
With income in 2000
1 381 320 (96%)
7 140 790 (95%)
Less than $14 999
628 380 (46%)
2 278 820 (32%)
$15 000-$49 999
626 320 (45%)
3 347 040 (47%)
Over $50 000
126 630 (9%)
1 514 940 (21%)
 Figures taken from Statistics Canada, Participation and Activity Limitation Survey (PALS), 2001, released in September 2003. Previous figures of 1.9 million Ontarians – 16 percent were taken from Statistics Canada, Health and Activity Limitations Survey (HALS), 1991. The difference in numbers can be partly attributed to a new survey methodology (e.g., PALS 2001 may have left out a substantial number of people with milder disabilities who had been included in HALS 1991) and to a new survey population (e.g., HALS 1991 included people living in health-related institutions and in the Yukon and Northwest Territories, while PALS 2001 only included people living in households in all provinces). Changes are explained in more depth in A New Approach to Disability Data: Changes between the 1991 Health and Activity Limitation Survey (HALS) and the 2001 Participation and Activity Limitation Survey (PALS) from Statistics Canada, available online at www.statcan.ca/start.html.
 Canada. Office for Disability Issues. Advancing the Inclusion of People with Disabilities (2005).
”Not in the labour force” includes students, homemakers, retired workers, and seasonal workers in an “off season,” and people who cannot work because of a long-term illness or disability.
Essentially this is the point of concern in Ontario. With the occuring review of legislation regarding accessibility of various locations around the province which involves the following measurements for the size of the population who are “People with Disabilities in Ontario” as 1.5 Million people or 13.5 % of the total population of just over 12 Million (2011 Stats Can).
(1)Total Number and Percentage of People with Disabilities in Ontario• Approximately 1.5 million people in Ontario have disabilities, representing 13.5 percent of Ontario’s population.
This legislation doesn’t affect this group of 1.5 million people, it affects everyone of us in Ontario.
Disability doesn’t discriminated and anyone can become disabled.
I will be updating this note and sharing information through my website(s).
David E. Carlson