Quick Facts on Spinal Cord Injury

  • There are approximately 35,000 Canadians with spinal cord injuries.
  • Approximately 50% of permanent spinal cord injuries result in quadriplegia and 50% result in paraplegia.
  • 80% of people who sustain a spinal cord injury are between the ages of 18 and 34.
  • Four times as many men than women sustain spinal cord injuries.
  • Car and other motor vehicle collisions account for 40% of spinal cord injuries.
  • People who sustain a spinal cord injury resulting in paraplegia have the same life expectancy rates as the general public.
  • Individuals with spinal cord injuries have the same marriage and divorce rates as that of the general population.
  • With advances in medical technology and maternity medical care, men and women with spinal cord injuries are able to have children.
  • Individuals with a spinal cord injury with post secondary education are more than twice as likely to be employed as those without.
  • 45% of individuals with a spinal cord injury who returned to employment required accessibility modifications.
  • Studies in the United States following legislation requiring accessibility modifications, found the average cost of modifications for an individual business was less than $500.
  • One of the largest challenges faced by people with spinal cord injuries is attitudes of others.