Northern Ontario’s aging population is in free-fall and a specific strategy will be needed to combat the trend and hold on to the dwindling numbers we still have, says a new report by a regional think-tank.

“Our overall population is falling and our total population is aging,” the Northern Policy Institute (NPI) warned Tuesday in a news release.

“Population and migration trends suggest that our Northern regions need 50,000 newcomers by 2041 — just to sustain current population levels.”

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