This website reports the results of key informant interviews, focus groups, and a national survey taken by 2,642 Canadians 15 or older, namely that:

  • 13% of adult Canadians have limited mobility.
  • 15 meters is the average distance those with limited mobility can walk without needing to sit and rest.
  • Persons who fear they may have to walk too far often opt out of accessing federal programs or services due to anticipated negative health consequences.
  • Barriers include the distance to be walked, time standing unsupported, and a range of negative attitudes denigrating those with limited mobility and prioritizing access for wheeled devices.
  • The primary impact of limited mobility is restriction on community participation, resulting in social isolation.
  • Limited mobility (and the associated need for continuous self-advocacy) affects not only the individual but also the individual’s support network.
  • Reliance on others to act when distance to be walked is too great has a negative effect on self-esteem.