Neguac Area

About the Neguac Area

The Neguac area covers a small geographic area in the north east part of New Brunswick. The area is primarily a Francophone community strongly connected to its Francophone heritage and culture and is also home to the Esgenoopetitj First Nation. Much of the community is made up of rural villages and hamlets with a population of 8,656. 1,715 residents are Esgenoopetitj First Nation, with 14.1% of residents in the Neguac area identifying as Aboriginal.

Neguac’s population has seen a decrease of three per cent from 2006-2011. This decrease is mainly due to the fact that many younger families are leaving the community to seek employment elsewhere.

Historically, the Neguac area was reliant on agriculture, forestry, and fishing. Agriculture and forestry have seen declines in recent decades; however, since much of the community is situated on the north shore of Miramichi Bay, fishing and fish processing are still a major source of employment in the community.

Data also shows that the community has elevated rates of high blood pressure and depression, as well as a persistence of arthritis, gastric reflux (GERD), diabetes, chronic pain, heart disease, cancer, emphysema or COPD, and mood disorders other than depression, and stroke.

Primary health care services in the Neguac Area are provided through Horizon’s Neguac Health Centre, Horizon’s Addiction and Mental Health and Public Health services, as well as private physician offices.

Some of our community partners include: