In Canada, one of the world’s wealthiest countries, almost six million people struggle to access sufficient food. And 50% of people 16+ experiencing food insecurity have a disability. Over 41% of people with incomes below the poverty line have a disability, and the added cost of living and presence of physical barriers make them especially vulnerable to food insecurity. The Canada Disability Benefit would provide the income needed to put food on the table. We are working with Disability Without Poverty to elevate this issue and drive action.

Girl with Downs syndrome disability eats breakfast at a kitchen table.

Send a letter to your Member of Parliament

Join us in taking action to ensure that people with disabilities across Canada lead lives with dignity, autonomy and independence.

This campaign draws on data from the 2020 Canada Income Survey. This data was collected among adults 16 years of age and older through a subsample of the Labour Force Survey respondents and uses the food security component and the disability screening questions (DSQ). While the DSQ has limitations, we’ve chosen to use the DSQ to define someone as having a “disability” if:

  • They have one or more of the following types of disability: seeing, hearing, mobility, flexibility, dexterity, pain-related, learning, developmental, memory, mental health-related or unknown
  • A person has a disability type if they are sometimes, often or always limited in his or her daily activities because of this condition

There are many groups that are working to define disability in an inclusive way. Please refer to Disability Without Poverty to learn more.