Home to almost 922,000 residents (seven percent of Ontario’s population), the Central West LHIN has grown substantially over the past 20 years. With the highest projected growth rate in the province over the next ten years – over 17,000 new residents per year – the LHIN's population is expected to grow to almost 1.1 million by 2025.
The Central West LHIN is one of the most geographically and ethnically diverse LHINs in the province. 86% of residents reside in urban areas, with 7% residing in a suburban setting, and 7% in rural communities. 47% are immigrants – seven percent of whom are new to Canada within five years, with slightly over half of residents reporting English as their mother tongue, the second lowest rate in the province. The LHIN is also home to over 9,000 Francophone residents and 5,600 residents who self-report as Aboriginal people.
The Central West LHIN’s population is not only growing – it is also aging. By 2025 the population of seniors (those aged 65 or more) is expected to increase by 62% from 111,000 to 180,000.
The changing population demographics create an imperative that the LHIN and its HSPs plan and deliver on a health care system that will meet the current and future needs of our growing, aging and diverse communities for generations to come.