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Oromocto and Surrounding Area

About Oromocto and Surrounding Area

Within the province, the Oromocto and Surrounding Area (OSA) is in the south-central part of New Brunswick.

Included in the OSA are the communities of Burton, Blissville, Fredericton Junction, Gagetown, Geary, Gladstone, Hoyt, Oromocto, Oromocto First Nation, Tracy, and Upper Gagetown, as well as outlying communities including Hamsptead, Lincoln, Rusagonis, and Wirral.

The population of this area is approximately 18,400; 2.4% of the population of New Brunswick. Adults between the ages of 20 and 44 years represent the largest group.

Population characteristics unique to this area include a large representation of military members and their families who are connected to Base Gagetown located in the Town of Oromocto contributing to considerable movement of citizens in and out of the area on an annual basis.

In addition, the hub of programs, activities, and supports available in Oromocto often service the needs of many residents living in the surrounding rural communities.

Finally, the area is home to the Welamukotuk First Nation (Oromocto First Nation). The Oromocto First Nation community sits adjacent to the Town of Oromocto and supports a Maliseet population of approximately 713 people.

Adults and seniors living in this area of the province continue to be challenged by increasing rates of chronic health conditions that have many physical and mental health care implications. While several community members see their health as very good to excellent, the percentage of adults who see their mental health as very good to excellent has decreased. In addition, a considerable proportion of children and youth between nine and 18 years of age describe having symptoms of depression and anxiety. Finally, despite the increase in the number of residents who have access to a primary care provider since 2011, many residents still face primary care access barriers.

Primary health care services in Oromocto and Surrounding Area are provided through Horizon’s Oromocto Community Health Centre, Fredericton Junction Health Centre, Addiction and Mental Health and Public Health services, as well as private physician offices.

Some of our community partners include: