In Canada, one of the world’s wealthiest countries, almost six million people struggle to access sufficient food. And 50% of people 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.
This campaign draws on data from the 2020 Canada Income Survey and uses the food security component and the disability screening questions (DSQ). While the DSQ have 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.