Peg Report 30: Increasing number of Winnipeggers face limitations due to inadequate physical or mental support

A new indicator featured on measures the percentage of Winnipeggers who are sometimes or often limited in their ability to participate in an activity or carry out a daily activity due to an inadequate physical or mental support. The Activity Limitation indicator is also featured in an upcoming Peg report on the natural and built environment, to be released in connection with World Environment Day at the beginning of June.

Peg data shows the percentage of Winnipeggers reporting activity  limitations is consistently higher than the national average.

What else can Peg tell us about activity limitation in Winnipeg?

Peg tells us…
  • Between 2003 and 2014, the percentage of Winnipeggers who reported facing participation or activity limitation increased from 31.7 per cent to 35.2 per cent.
  • An average of 34 per cent of Winnipeggers reported having activity limitations during this same period—3 per cent higher than the Canadian average of 31 per cent.


  • This is a broad indicator that speaks to individuals’ accessibility based on mental or physical impairment or disability. The data source reports on individuals’ limitations in carrying out daily tasks or participating in events but does not ask to specify the nature of the limitation.

Why does this matter?

  • All Winnipeggers have the right to access services and participate in community and social events and carry out daily activities. Common accessibility barriers are architectural or physical in nature, although they may also be technological, organizational, attitudinal or communication-related. Accessibility is important so that all Winnipeggers can reach their potential.
  • The Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) became law in December, 2013. This legislation provides a proactive process to remove barriers affecting persons with disabilities and many other citizens. Under this landmark legislation, the Manitoba government will develop mandatory accessibility standards. Each standard will address barriers for Manitobans in key areas of daily living. Standards will apply to Manitoba’s private and public sector organizations. 
  • More detail and source data for the above facts available at:

Source of the data:

  • Peg’s data for the Substance Abuse indicator is provided by the Statistics Canada Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS). CANSIM table 105-0502.

Media inquiries:

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