Population Characteristics

With a population of nearly 1.9 million, Central LHIN has the most residents, is among the most diverse and is one of the fastest growing of all LHINs. The population trends that will have significant impact on planning and delivery of health services in Central LHIN are growth, aging and diversity. A key challenge is to meet the increasing demand for care and services as our population continues to grow and age at a rate above the provincial average.



Central LHIN’s population is growing. Between 2010 and 2015, the Central LHIN’s population increased by 8.4 per cent, the second highest growth rate among all LHINs. Ontario’s population grew by 5.1 per cent over the same period. Population growth is expected to remain high relative to the province over the next five to ten years, with Central LHIN’s population projected to increase by 18 per cent from 2015 and 2025.


Central LHIN is experiencing greater-than-average population aging. In 2015, seniors aged 65 and over accounted for 14.5 per cent of the LHIN’s population, or 269,337, the highest number of seniors among the 14 LHINs. By 2025, seniors aged 65 and over will comprise 18.7 per cent of all residents or 409,850 people. This means that in 2025, Central LHIN will be home to 140,513 more seniors than we have today. 





Central has the largest proportion of residents who were newcomers (48.6 per cent ) among the LHINs, and the second highest visible minority population (46.9 per cent of residents). We also have the highest proportion of residents who report no knowledge of either official language (4.9 per cent). In 2011, just over half of Central LHIN residents reported English as their mother tongue (lowest in the province) and only 1.3 per cent included French as their mother tongue (the second lowest percentage in the province).