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PHAC Atlantic

The Atlantic Region includes four provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island) with a total population of approximately 2.3 million people.

PHAC Atlantic's main office is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. There are additional offices in Moncton, New Brunswick, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. There are also field services staff in various locations across the region.

PHAC Atlantic works with four provincial governments and a wide variety of organizations in those provinces, taking into account the realities of the Atlantic Region:

  • Most rural region in the country
  • Only PHAC bilingual region
  • 450,000 Francophones, with close to 70% in New Brunswick
  • Over 60,000 self-identified Aboriginals
  • Higher rates of chronic disease than the rest of Canada, the most prevalent being cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and respiratory illness
  • Lower incomes, higher rates of unemployment, lower life expectancy, and higher rates of obesity, smoking and physical inactivity than the rest of the country
  • Rapidly aging population