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 faster than the rest of Ontario. Between 2011 and 2016, the Central LHIN’s population increased by 6.4 per cent, compared to province-wide growth of 4.6 per cent over the same period. Central LHIN’s population size is further projected to grow by almost 18 per cent from 2016 to 2026, exceeding the provincial forecast of 13 per cent in this same timeframe.


Central LHIN is experiencing greater-than-average population aging. In 2018, there were over 305,000 (or 15.5 per cent) residents aged 65 and older, the largest absolute number in Ontario. By 2035, it has been forecasted that there will be over 560,000 people over the age of 65 in Central LHIN, an 84 per cent increase.  





Central LHIN has the largest proportion of residents who are newcomers (49 per cent) among the LHINs, and the second highest visible minority population (52 per cent). We also have the highest proportion of residents who report no knowledge of either official language (5.4 per cent). In 2016, 50 per cent of residents reported English as their mother tongue, while just 1.2 per cent reported French as their mother tongue, the second lowest percentage in the province.