Condition Chronic: How Improving Workplace Wellness Helps Canadians and the Economy


Half of Canadians aged 20 and over have a chronic condition and 15 per cent have two or more. The annual cost to Canada’s economy of lost productivity due to chronic disease is around $122 billion, equivalent to about six percent of Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP). While governments, employers and advocacy organizations have good intentions and are undertaking helpful initiatives, the challenge is immense and it requires a well-informed, broad, integrated response.

This report is based on two main sources of data: interviews with key stakeholders and a review of the related literature to identify how Canadians living with chronic conditions could work without needing to choose between working without supports or leaving the workforce. It provides a broad overview of the issues concerning chronic conditions in the workplace and supports the development of public policy and interventions to assist those with chronic conditions. 

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The report is also available on Medium and can be read here.