Challenges for disabled Canadians persist: report - Macleans.ca

Challenges for disabled Canadians persist: report

People with disabiltiies face barriers to language and communication, learning and training, and safety and security

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OTTAWA – A new report says Canada’s disabled citizens face ongoing challenges to their well-being, including barriers to language and communication, learning and training, and safety and security.

Four years after the federal government ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Canada has released its first report into how disabled Canadians are faring.

The report notes that Canada recognizes poverty rates among persons with disabilities remain a challenge. About one in seven Canadians are mentally or physically disabled.

It also says the government is aware of the need to ensure greater participation of disabled Canadians in the labour market.

Ottawa allocates $222 million annually to the provinces and territories to design and deliver programs aimed at spurring employment opportunities for those with disabilities.

The report, prepared in collaboration with the federal, provincial and territorial governments, says improving life for disabled Canadians requires a multi-faceted and multi-partner approach.

It also provides details on the numerous federal and provincial programs and initiatives that are aimed at including Canada’s disabled citizens in everything from organized sports to post-secondary education and the justice system.