• Northern Ontario is 806,707 square kilometers, covering nearly 90% of the area of Ontario. Its population of over 780,000 people represents only 6% of the total population for the province.
  • In Northern Ontario the rates of chronic diseases are higher than the average provincial rates (MOHLTC, 2011).
  • In rural and Northern Ontario, life expectancy is less than the provincial average; disability rates are higher in smaller communities; and people living in remote northern communities are the least healthy and have the lowest life and disability-free life expectancies (North East LHIN, 2009; North West LHIN, 2009).

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