Low Income Among Persons with a Disability in Canada

Some groups face higher risk of low income than others: recent immigrants, Aboriginal people, lone parents, unattached people aged 45 to 64, and persons with a disability. For this reason, policies and programs designed to reduce poverty have often been based on interventions specifically targeted at benefitting members of these groups. Many examples of studies on low income among Aboriginal people, recent immigrants and lone parents can be found, but there are fewer studies on low income among persons with a disability.

In this paper, disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that is not accommodated by one’s surrounding environment, making it more difficult to perform daily activities. This acknowledges that impairment does not have to result in disability if a person’s physical and social environment fits their needs. Previous studies have consistently demonstrated that persons with a disability have lower median incomes, are less likely to be employed, and are less likely to hold a university degree than persons without a disability. Specifically, the 2012 Canadian Survey on Disability (CSD) found that among persons aged 25 to 64, 49% of those with a disability were employed, compared with 79% of those without a disability.

Author: Katharine Wall

Published By: Statistics Canada

Publication Date: August 2017

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Great Lakes Public Forum @ Hilton Milwaukee City Center Hotel
Jun 17 – Jun 19 all-day

The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement calls for the U.S. and Canada to convene the Great Lakes Public Forum once every three years to discuss the state of the lakes, progress made under the Agreement and priorities to guide science and actions over the next three years, as well as provide an opportunity for public input.

The 2019 Great Lakes Public Forum will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Joining a Board of Directors: What Are You Getting Yourself Into? @ Online
Jun 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Being a board member for the first time means a lot of things: taking on significant responsibility, doing a tremendous service, and committing to learning a lot of new things. But what does a board member actually do? What are your roles, responsibilities and duties? How much time should you expect to commit? What expertise do you need to bring to the table? Many people join boards without knowing the answers to these questions, which sometimes makes the reality of board membership a bit surprising, to say the least.

This webinar will provide participants with guidance about what boards expect of you, and what you should expect from your board. We will cover the fundamentals about being a director, bust some myths, and help to get you ready for board membership.

This webinar has the following learning objectives:

  • Understand the basic roles and responsibilities of board members
  • Get introduced to what makes board membership challenging and how to prepare yourself
  • Set your expectations about what you should expect from your board and what they should expect of you

This webinar is hosted by CharityVillage.

Community Support Services of Niagara 19th Annual General Meeting @ Welland International Flatwater Centre
Jun 20 @ 1:30 pm

Community Support Services of Niagara invites you to attend their 19th Annual General Meeting.

Doors open at 1:00, meeting begins at 1:30. Light refreshments to follow.

Please RSVP to Lisa at lbosada@cssn.ca or call 905-682-3800 ext. 31 by Thursday June 10, 2019.

Dinner from Around the World: Spring Fundraising Dinner for Fort Erie Multicultural Centre @ St. Paul's Anglican Church
Jun 20 @ 6:00 pm

Fort Erie Multicultural Centre invites you to their Spring Fundraising Dinner: Dinner From Around the World!

Featuring a tantalizing menu of ethnic favourites, performances by talents from across the globe, and a silent auction.

Punch bowl begins at 6:00 p.m., and dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $30 (cash or cheque accepted). For tickets, please contact Rosemary Legge at 905-871-3641 ext. 32 or rosemaryl@firststepsincanada.com. Please RSVP by June 12th.

This event is hosted by the Fort Erie Multicultural Centre.

10th Annual Quest CHC Barbeque @ Quest CHC Parking Lot
Jun 21 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Save the date for Quest Community Health Centre’s 10th Annual Barbeque!

Joint Health and Safety Certification Level 1 @ St. John Ambulance
Jun 24 @ 9:00 am – Jun 26 @ 5:00 pm

The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires any employer with more than twenty regular employees to establish and maintain a health and safety program which includes a Joint Health and Safety Committee.

In 2019, St. John Ambulance is launching Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification Training in Ontario. As a recognized leader in first aid training across Canada, this training is the perfect compliment to their commitment to health and safety overall.

What is covered in Join Health and Safety Committee Part 1:

  • Health and Safety and the law
  • Workplace Refusals
  • Duties and Obligations of a JHSC
  • Certifications
  • Hazard Management
  • Investigations
  • Critical injury accidents and deaths
  • Case Studies
  • When the Labour Board steps in
  • Resources for JHSCs

Call 905-685-8964 ext. 202 or register online.

This training is hosted by St. John Ambulance.

Addressing Mental Health and Well-being by Creating Balanced and Supportive Post-Secondary Environments @ Online
Jun 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Students that are transitioning from high school to post-secondary education can experience a great amount of stress (Sheng, 2017).

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, routine stress can contribute to mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety. The majority of people entering or preparing for post-secondary education, 15-24 year olds, are more likely to experience mental illness than any other age group (CAMH, 2012). Many changes occur during this period that are unfamiliar and out of their control.

In response to these statistics, specifically looking at young adults 18 years of age and older, and in the interest of evolving education practices with inclusive principles while improving well-being, this webinar will discuss how post-secondary institutions can provide a welcoming, holistic, and supportive environment, demonstrated by physical and sensorial elements.

This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health.


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