Northwestern Ontario has a relatively small population — more than 50 per cent of the entire population lives in the Thunder Bay census metropolitan area.
The region is demographically unique due to its multicultural population. The major ethnic groups living in its cities and towns are traditionally of English, Scottish, French, Italian, Portuguese and Scandinavian origins, among others. In more recent times, emerging populations from Asia, Africa and Central and South America are also represented.
The region of Northwestern Ontario is also unique in terms of its large number of Aboriginal communities, primarily of the Ojibwe
nations. The Aboriginal population makes up approximately 20% of the total population. Due to Thunder Bay‘s position as the medical, commercial and industrial centre of the north, many Aboriginal people from surrounding First Nations visit or relocate to the city to access essential services.
Northwestern Ontario Population Distribution
| Northwestern Ontario
| Kenora District
| Rainy River District
| Thunder Bay District