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Impacts of COVID-19 on persons with disabilities

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Released: 2020-08-27

This release is available in audio. The video “Impact of COVID-19 on Canadians living with long-term conditions and disabilities, American Sign Language” is also available.

Just over one-fifth of the Canadian population has one or more disabilities. However, relatively little is known about their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. As highlighted by a recent publication using data from the 2017 Canadian Survey on Disability (CSD), persons with disabilities may be particularly vulnerable during the pandemic.

From June 23 to July 6, 2020, approximately 13,000 Canadians with long-term conditions or disabilities participated in an online questionnaire, “Impacts of COVID-19 on Canadians: Living with Long-term Conditions and Disabilities.” Today, Statistics Canada is releasing these findings as part of a series of results based on this crowdsourcing initiative. Readers should note that, unlike other surveys conducted by Statistics Canada, crowdsourcing data are not collected under a sampling design using probability-based sampling. Therefore, caution should be exercised when interpreting the findings, and no inferences about the overall Canadian population with long-term [...]

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