The talk of walls between nations garners significant attention. There is virtually no discussion, by contrast, of the walls that exist within nations. In Canada, there is a particularly high “welfare wall” that acts to keep people out of the mainstream of society.

A recent study for the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy shows how this “welfare wall” traps hundreds of thousands of Canadians with disabilities.

Individuals with disabilities already face serious employment challenges due to lack of supports, accessible transportation and understanding of their capabilities. The unemployment rate of this group is double the national average.

But persons with disabilities also face barriers from an income security system that, ironically, was intended to provide assistance.