The right to housing for people with disabilities: Data gaps

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National Monitoring Mechanism

The right to housing for people with disabilities: Data gaps - Text version

We are monitoring the right to adequate housing for people with disabilities in Canada.

27% of Canadians have a disability. That’s about 8 million people.Footnote 1

We are missing a lot of information about the housing situations of people with disabilities. This information is not collected through national surveys.

  • Some groups are often left out of surveys. For example:

    • People living in institutions like group homes, hospitals, and prisonsFootnote 2

    • People experiencing homelessness and hidden homelessnessFootnote 3

    • Children with disabilitiesFootnote 4

    • People living in Northern and rural areasFootnote 5

    • Indigenous people living on reservesFootnote 6

  • Surveys don’t always ask about disabilities in the same way.Footnote 7

  • Some types of disabilities aren’t counted as disabilities.Footnote 8

  • Some surveys focus mostly on people with physical disabilities.Footnote 9

  • Some surveys don’t even ask people if they have disabilities.Footnote 10

  • Survey information isn’t always broken down into different groups, like by race and sexual orientation.Footnote 11

Why this matters:

These gaps make it hard to:

  • Know how well people with disabilities are doing

  • Track changes over time

  • Compare information in different areas

  • Know which groups face the most barriers

  • Find ways to make things better


  • All people with disabilities should be included in national surveys

  • All surveys should ask about disabilities in the same way

  • All information should be broken down into different groups (“disaggregated”)

  • People with disabilities should help create surveys. They should also help collect and analyze survey information.