Tobique and Perth-Andover Area

About the Tobique and Perth-Andover Area

The Tobique and Perth-Andover Area is situated in Victoria County in the northwestern part of the province. It is a rural area with communities scattered along the St. John River and the Tobique River. The area is home to Perth Andover; Plaster Rock and Tobique First Nation, the largest of the Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) First Nation communities in New Brunswick. The main employment industries in the community are in the sectors of agriculture, forestry and lumber production. The entrance to the Tobique Valley region is the village of Perth-Andover, where Horizon’s Hotel Dieu of St. Joseph Hospital is located.

Included in the Tobique and Perth-Andover Area are the communities of Andover, Aroostook, Arthurette, Carlingford, Gordon, Kilburn, Lorne, New Denmark, Perth, Perth-Andover, Plaster Rock, Riley Brook, Tilley, and Tobique First Nation.

Being home to Tobique First Nation, the Tobique and Perth-Andover Area has an aboriginal population of 12 per cent, compared to 3.1 per cent for the province. Based on input from consultations, contributing factors to the population decline include an aging population as well as the fact that many younger families are leaving the community to seek employment.

Data indicates the Tobique and Perth-Andover Area has increasing rates of high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, heart disease, arthritis and emphysema or COPD, when compared to provincial averages.

Primary health care services in the Tobique and Perth-Andover Area are provided through Horizon’s Tobique Valley Community Health Centre, located in Plaster Rock, and Horizon’s Addiction and Mental Health and Public Health services, private physician offices, as well as the Neqotkuk Health Centre on Tobique First Nation.

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