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May 23, 2023

By The Numbers: Disability and the Workplace

Toronto – As part of UFCW Canada’s ongoing advocacy for members living and working with a disability the national union released findings of its membership survey through its report entitled, Strengthening Disability Inclusive Workplaces Through a Union Approach.

The report highlights some key takeaways that all disability justice advocates should consider during National AccessAbility Week 2023:

  • Over 1 billion people worldwide live with some form of disability;
  • 1 in 5 Canadians aged 15 years or older live with a disability;
  • Just 59% of persons with disabilities are employed compared to 80% of people without a disability;
  • Disability is the highest rated type of discrimination complaint received by the Canadian Human Rights Commission making up 38% of all complaints;
  • 79% of respondents to UFCW Canada National Membership Questionnaire on Disability Inclusion said their disability has an impact on job performance;
  • 70% of respondents to the same Questionnaire said they were accommodated at work due to their disability or work-related injury;  
  • Only 50% of respondents to the same Questionnaire said they feel their workplace is accepting of persons with disabilities.

During National AccessAbility Week 2023 let’s make it a priority to promote inclusive workplaces for people of all abilities. To access more disability rights resources, click here.

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