Skills Gaps, Underemployment, and Equity of Labour-Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities in Canada

February 3, 2020 by Cate MacLeod

CIRHR Instructor Emile Tompa (Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health), CIRHR Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dan Samosh, and Normand Boucher (Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration (CIRRIS) and School of Social Work and Criminology, Université Laval), have published a report with the Public Policy Forum, "Skills Gaps, Underemployment, and Equity of Labour-Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities in Canada"

From Public Policy Forum:

While people with disabilities can achieve socially integrated, financially independent lives through secure, well-paid employment, they are often trapped in low-skill jobs at high risk of automation. Emile Tompa, Daniel Samosh and Normand Boucher underscore the importance of training opportunities that are well aligned with the skills likely to be in high demand in future.

Key Takeaways

  1. Canadians with disabilities, from mild to severe, live in poverty at rates 40% to nearly 200% higher than Canadians without disabilities.
  2. Persons with disabilities are often trapped in low-skill jobs at high risk of automation.
  3. By age 40, half of Canadians will experience mental illness, and mental health disabilities are more common among women than men.

This report is part of Skills Next, a collaboration between Public Policy Forum, the Future Skills Centre, and Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute. CIRHR Library's PWR: Work&Labour News&Research covered all eight reports published in the project.

Public Policy Forum also shared highlights from the report on Twitter: