Five Facts About Disability and Poverty in Canada

Disability and poverty are mutually reinforcing. Individuals with disabilities face many barriers that can deprive them of access to resources such as education and employment, putting them at higher risk of poverty. Likewise, individuals living in poverty have a higher risk of developing a disability due to factors such as lack of proper nutrition and lack of appropriate healthcare due to high medical costs not covered by OHIP. Learn more below about the five startling statistics about this segment of the population.

13.7 percent of the Canadian population self-identifies as disabled.


1. According to the Daily Bread Food Bank's 2014 Who's Hungry report, the number of disabled people using food banks in Ontario has doubled since 2005.

2. Canadians with disabilities have a 4.7 % higher poverty rate than the rest of the population.

3. Depending on the type of disability, the chance of poverty can differ drastically:

- No disability--Poverty rate of 9.7%

- Any disability--Poverty rate of 14.4%

- Mobility--Poverty rate of 15.2%

- Agility--Poverty rate of 14.8%

- Pain--Poverty rate of 15.2%

- Communicating--Poverty rate of 24.1%

- Hearing--Poverty rate of 10.3%

- Seeing--Poverty rate of 17.1%

- Any cognitive or psychological disability--Poverty rate of 22.3%

4. Poverty costs Canada`s health care system $7.6 billion per year.

5. More than 1.4 million working-age adults (15 to 64) reported needing help with everyday physical activities in 2006.

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- 2006 Participation and Activity Limitation Survey (PALS), Statistics Canada

- Ontario Association of Food Banks

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A note from our long term disability lawyers

Taking a medical leave from work is not an easy decision to make. Concerns about providing for yourself and your family and keeping your job may cause you to want to push through your pain, but this won’t make your problems go away. Stopping work is often the smartest decision for your long term health and well-being, and your disability benefits are there to provide you with financial support until you can return to work.

If you have made the tough decision to stop working and apply for your short term disability or long term disability benefits, you may feel overwhelmed by the process and have questions that your employer and your insurance company are not able or willing to answer. Share is There to see you through and answer your questions.

Our Disability law firm knows what you have been going through

We understand that things have not been easy for you over the last little while. Your health has been suffering, you are unable to work, and now your insurance company, who was supposed to be there in your time of need, has decided they will not pay your disability benefits or respect your disability claim. These benefits exist to provide you with the financial support you need so that you can focus on your health and rebuilding your life. It is unfortunate that your insurance company has not lived up to its promise. If your disability claim has been denied, we will fight to get you the benefits you are entitled to. Our disability lawyers have helped thousands of Canadians get their long term disability benefits over the past 35 years, and we can help you too.

Our experienced disability lawyers can fight back on your behalf

Share Lawyers believes that every client who is dealing with a disability claim deserves superior personal service. To achieve that goal, we have developed our team of experienced, compassionate, and caring long term disability lawyers, law clerks, and administrative staff to meet all of your needs. Our team of experienced long term disability, life insurance, employment, and critical illness insurance lawyers have made successful claims against many insurance companies, third-party administrators and employers.

If you are unable to work, your disability benefits should be there to provide you with the financial support you need. While your insurance company may be focused on finding ways to avoid paying your claim, our focus is on what is in your best interest. When Share Lawyers gets involved, you have an entire team of lawyers that are there to support you and to fight for what is yours.

Our disability claim lawyers fight for your disability insurance claim by relying on our many years of experience to apply the best strategic planning and approach in each case, using the latest technology available. Experience matters, and with Share Lawyers, you are in the best hands with 35 years of success on your side.

In this video, we explain the role of a long term disability lawyer and how we can support you when you have been denied your long term disability benefits.

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