It is important to acknowledge the contributions of the following people to the profile of the labour market experiences of adults with disabilities.The authors are thankful for the assistance and support by reviewing the preliminary versions of this report, or by helping to prepare the data.

Section 3 provides a framework for identifying working-age people with disabilities who are not working, but have the potential to work, and profiles this population.

Section 4 discusses barriers that people with disabilities have experienced, with a focus on workplace accommodations, training, employment experience, labour force discouragement, and disability-based discrimination. In 2012, an estimated 2,338,200 Canadians aged 15 to 64 had a disability; they represented 10.1% of the population in this age group.

Approximately 1,057,100 people with disabilities were employed, 125,700 were unemployed, and 1,155,500 were not in the labour force.

This report aims to provide insight to employers, and to spark further research in the area of disability and employment.

Start of text box Most statistics in this analysis are based on respondent self-identification and provide invaluable information from people with disabilities themselves.

However, these findings represent only a piece of the complete picture.

They should be interpreted together with other sources such as employers’ perspectives and data from program/administrative sources. In Section 2, findings related to the high percentage of people with disabilities out of the labour force are provided, and the relationship with unemployment is discussed.

Statistics Canada: Rubab Arim, Pamela Best, Christine Bizier, Mike Burns, Joan Conway, Johanne Denis, Félix Fortin, Dominic Grenier, Chantal Grondin, Lecily Hunter, Simon Landry, Brian Mc Intosh, François Nault and Martin Turcotte.

This report examines the labour market experiences of people with disabilities, using data from the 2012 Canadian Survey on Disability (CSD).