Population Characteristics

With a population of over 1.8 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 2011 and 2016, our population will increase by 10.1 per cent. By 2021, the population will have grown by 20.3 per cent since 2011 – one of the highest projected growth rates among the LHINs (provincial population growth rate projected between 2011 and 2021: 12.7 per cent). 


Central LHIN is experiencing greater-than-average population aging (2011-2021). Currently, 12.5 per cent of residents in the LHIN – or 221,068 people – are seniors aged 65 or higher. This puts Central among the top three LHINs in terms of absolute numbers of seniors. By 2021, seniors will comprise 16.1 per cent of all residents – or 342,538 people. This means that in 2021, Central LHIN will be home to 121,470 more seniors than we have today. 





Central has the largest proportion of immigrants (48 per cent of residents) among the LHINs, and the second highest visible minority population (42 per cent of residents). We also have the highest proportion of residents who report no knowledge of either official language (4.5 per cent). In 2006, just over half of the LHIN’s population reported English as their mother tongue (the lowest rate among the LHINs) and only 1.2 per cent included French as their mother tongue (the second lowest percentage in Ontario).