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Kenora is the second-largest health care centre in Northwestern Ontario, after Thunder Bay, and is the main centre serving the health care needs of local residents, members of indigenous communities in the region, and cottagers and visitors who spend their summers on Lake of the Woods. Federal and provincial support for the sector has made health care the largest industry sector in Kenora, representing about 15 percent of Kenora’s economy, as measured in gross economic output (GDP).

Fast Facts

  • Lake of the Woods District Hospital is the largest in the region and serves approximately 30,000 people per year and employs approximately 500 fulltime, part time and casual workers;
  • The Paterson Medical Centre has undergone two expansion, first in 2006 and a second 12,000 sq. ft. expansion in 2009; the centre employs 40 healthcare professionals and support staff;
  • Kenora has a strong base of indigenous health organization including Kenora Chief’s Advisory, the Grand Council Treaty #3 Health Council and Waasegiizhig Nanaandawe’lyewigamig Health Access Centre, which together received nearly $10 million in federal and provincial health funding in 2013-2014;
  • Kenora has a health care labour force of approximately 1,460 workers, of which 675 are health care professionals or technicians;

Key Opportunities for Growth

  • A new hospital and health care campus
  • Expanded primary care and an after hours clinic
  • Upgrades to seniors services and long term care facilities
  • Better health for indigenous peoples