North’s aging population focus of conference – The Sudbury Star

July 13, 2017

The aging and declining population of Northern Ontario and its impact on the region’s economy will be the focus of a conference being hosted by the Northern Policy Institute.

That conference is being held in Timmins Sept. 27 and 28.

“If you take a look at both the demographic trends and the impact it is having on employment levels, the ability to find workers and the ability to find investors, what we’re finding is instead of businesses being purchased and entrepreneurs being replaced by the next generation, they are closing because there is no one there to buy those businesses,” Charles Cirtwill, president and chief executive of the Northern Policy Institute, told The Daily Press. “So as a result, not only does the business disappear, the service for the community disappears and the employment opportunities disappear.”

The theme of the conference is “Responding to Northern Ontario’s Demographic Shift.”

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