North West Region

Map of Ontario with North West Region highlighted

 North West Region

Ontario Health North West serves over 232, 299 people who live in largely rural communities The largest urban centre in the region being Thunder Bay with a population of 113,000. The North West Region covers 58% of Ontario’s land mass.

We fund and monitor health system performance at a local level. By working locally, we can meet the unique needs of our region, improving patient access to the right services, at the right time, in the right place. It also allows for careful future-state planning, making sure our communities get the care they need now, and in the future.

Improving the Health Care Experience

We are modernizing the health care system through integration, coordination, connection and clinical excellence. Working with local community and health care partners we’re making a system that is more responsive to the needs of patients and providers.

Our goal is to make the health care experience better for everyone.

A Profile of the North West

26.4% of residents identify as Indigenous

Connecting care for 1.6% of Ontarians

2.1% of residents identify as Francophone

Current population statistics and other data about the North West region are available in the most recent Ontario Health Business Plan.


Improving the system takes planning and funding. We provide opportunities for health service providers to submit proposals and expressions of interest for planning, funding and additional resources to help improve the patient and provider experience. 

Funding Opportunities for Primary Care

Get Involved

Our patient and family advisory council (part of the Patient and Family Advisors Network) is made up of patients and caregivers in the North West region.

Council members have valuable first-hand experience and insights into the local health care needs, what’s currently working and how to improve the system to continue to meet future needs of our community. Diversity and geographical representation matters.

Learn more about the current members of the Ontario Health North West PFAC.

Ontario Health Teams

Ontario Health Teams organize and deliver care that is better connected for patients in their local communities, including North West region.

Ontario Health Teams located in the North West are groups of health care providers and organizations that working as one coordinated team to deliver care to a defined group of people (for example, people living in one area of a city or one part of a region).

Looking for Health Services in North West Region?

Many programs and services are available locally. Find health care services available in the community or get help connecting with alternative options, including virtual care.

Contact Us

We value your input. Your feedback helps us continuously improve the quality of Ontario’s health care system. If you have questions regarding the North West region, please send us an email.

To maintain your privacy, please do not send us your personal health information.

Also See

Hospital Capital Planning and Policy Manual
This manual from the Ministry of Health helps hospitals navigate the capital submission and review process.

Last Updated: May 16, 2023