Up to 80 per cent of Canadians impacted by multiple sclerosis will become unemployed. Lack of secure, adequate income intensifies the hardship caused by MS. Canadians affected by the disease tend to have a lower quality of life compared to other Canadians. This May, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is asking the federal government to support secure jobs and income for people affected by MS as part of 1 Day in May, a campaign to raise awareness about MS and the lives of Canadians impacted by the disease. Canada has the highest rate of MS in the world, and the issues that arise from living with MS are not issues Canadians can ignore.
“Many Canadians with MS can no longer maintain employment because workplace flexibility and benefits do not take into account the episodic nature of MS,” says Neil Pierce, vice-president of government relations, MS Society of Canada. The MS Society is in Ottawa this week and is urging the government to take action.