In Canada, poverty and disability are largely synonymous: poverty can lead to disability and disability can lead to poverty.

Poverty is a shared reality for too many of the 14.3% Canadians who have a disability. Compared to men with disabilities, women with disabilities face additional economic disadvantage. Historically, women with disabilities have experienced lower rates of participation in the labor force, less access to income support programs and higher rates of poverty.

In Canada, there is no coordinated policy response to the poverty of persons with disabilities. Instead, there is a patchwork of local/provincial/territorial and federal programs that overlap, grab back and fail to provide adequate income and basic supports required to remove barriers associated with disability.

CCD has been developing plans to reduce the poverty experienced by persons with disabilities in Canada.