Table 1

Principle socio-economic characteristics of health-region peer groups in Canada

Peer groupPrincipal characteristics
AUrban–rural mix from coast to coast/average percentage of Aboriginal population/low male population/slow population growth
BMainly urban centres with moderately high population density/low percentage of government transfer income/rapid population growth
CSparsely populated urban–rural mix from coast to coast/average percentage of Aboriginal population/negative population growth
DRural regions mainly in the central Prairies/moderate Aboriginal population/moderately high percentage of government transfer income/almost equal numbers of men and women/negative population growth
EMainly rural regions in Quebec/Ontario and the prairies/high proportion of people recently moved to or within these regions/average percentage of Aboriginal population/moderate population growth
F(Not included in this study) Northern remote regions/very high Aboriginal population/moderately high percentage of government transfer income/slightly higher male population/moderate population growth
GLargest metro centres with an average population density of 3934 people per square kilometre/low Aboriginal population/moderate percentage of government transfer income/high female population
HRural northern regions/high Aboriginal population/high male population/negative population growth
IMainly rural Eastern regions/very high percentage of government transfer income/negative population growth/low percentage of people having moved to or within these regions