Accessible Housing in Canada
According to the Canadian Survey on Disability:
- In 2017, one in five (22%) of the Canadian population aged 15 years and over – or about 6.2 million individuals – had one or more disabilities.1
- The prevalence of disability increased with age, from 13% for those aged 15 to 24 years to 47% for those aged 75 years and over.2
Statistics Canada has reported that by 2036, it is projected that 23-25% of the Canadian population will be accounted for by people over 65 years old.3
Accessible Housing Defined
There are many definitions and models of accessible housing across Canada including Visitable Housing, Adaptable Housing, Flex Housing, Universal Designed Homes, and more! What is "accessible" to one person, may present barriers to another person.
Accessible Housing Standard
The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) is currently in the development of a Accessible Housing Standard, which will help to define accessibility terms and requirements for new builds and home modifications. The founder of Access Match™, and CEO of Enabling Access Incs. sits on the technical committee for this new standard and has alligned the features found on Access Match™ directly with the features in this developing standard to ensure there is common language being used by Canadians seaching and listing accessible properties.
Accessible Housing Stock
The accessible housing stock in Canada is currently undefined, as there is no nationally integrated registry for existing or newly built residential properties that have accessibiility features. The data available in each province is limited to government funded housing and does not include private dwellings or non-government accessible housing.
Demand for Accessible Housing
The demand for accessible housing in Canada is growing rapidly as seen by the aging demographics and the desire of Canadians to age in place. There are current wait lists for governement funded accessible housing and for non-governement residenttial agency housing. Many people are searching for accessible housing and are left to navigate multiple websites in thier region looking to buy or rent accessible homes.
Access Match™ Data Solution
Access Match™ is an innovative web-based solution to identifiy available properties that have specific accessibility features and auto-generates a list of properties that match the users customized search criteria.
The reporting generated from the collection of user profiles, search criteria, property listings and more will be used to inform Canadian stakeholders and policy makers so more people can access sustainable housing that meets thier current and future needs.
If you are interested in the data produced by Access Match™ and would like information on how to access the reporting, please contact us.