Compared to Our Peers



Intuitively, it would make sense to try to find other regions across Canada who are similar to us and from whom we could draw some relevant comparisons.

The Health Region P
eer Group methodology developed by Statistics Canada in 2003, allows us to do just that: to compare our health region to others that are more socio-economically similar. 

The Health Region Peer Group methodology also introduces the possibility of comparing the relative effectiveness of health promotion and prevention strategies among similar regions.

Using this methodology we find that northern BC is more similar to other rural and northern areas across Canada than we are to other health areas in BC. 
Source: Statistics Canada:What are Peer Groups?  


Who Is In Our Rural Peer Group?

The peer group methodology has undergone several revisions since it was first published in 2003. The latest revision, undertaken in 2011, contains 10 health region peer groups numbered “A – J”.   

The Health Service Areas of northern B.C. belong to Peer Groups “E” and “H”. These peer groups are summarized in the table below.


Peer Group E Members

Peer Group H Members

Northeast, B.C.

Northwest, B.C.


Northern Interior, B.C.

Northwest Territories

Prairie North, SK

Central Zone, AL

Prince Albert, SK

North Zone, AL

Parkland, MB

South Eastman, MB

Northwestern, ON


Region du Nord, QU


Region de la Cote, QU





How Do We Compare?

To illustrate how we compare to other health regions across Canada, we obtained data for the BC Health regions and for our peer groups (E and H) from the Statistics Canada Health Regions Profiles website. 

Here is summary of our analysis.