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Thunder Bay has excellent primary and secondary educational opportunities with over 60 schools that include French immersion programs, comprehensive special education services, an International Baccalaureate Programme and an Outdoor Education Centre. The City is also served by a Christian private school and a French school governed by its own board.

The main school boards serving the Thunder Bay area are the Lakehead District School Board, the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board, and the Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Aurores boréales.

THE LAKEHEAD DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD is the largest, with 22 elementary schools, four secondary schools and a centre for adult studies. Visit the Lakehead District School Board website for more information.

THE THUNDER BAY CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD is the second largest with 16 elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools. Visit the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board website for more information.

THE CONSEIL SCOLAIRE DE DISTRICT CATHOLIQUE DES AURORES BORÉALES operates one elementary and one high school in Thunder Bay, and an additional six schools throughout the Thunder Bay District. Visit the Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Aurores boréales website for more information.

CONFEDERATION COLLEGE's highly qualified faculty and caring staff prepare graduates with the knowledge, skills and hands-on experience for their future careers. With over 70 programs, outstanding personal and academic support services, financial aid, distance education, e-learning, independent study and seven campuses across northwestern Ontario, the learning opportunities are endless. After graduation, 90% of students find work within six months. Or, some graduates choose to enroll with advanced standing in colleges and universities across Canada and around the world. Visit the Confederation College website for more information.

LAKEHEAD UNIVERSITY is one of Canada's more exciting comprehensive universities with enrolments of under 10,000. Known for its strong leadership and commitment to student needs, Lakehead has a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. Recent research indicates that Lakehead graduates have an employment rate of 96% two years after graduation. In 2006, Lakehead University was named Canada's Research University of the Year in the undergraduate category by Research Infosource Inc. Visit the Lakehead University website for more information.

THE NORTHERN ONTARIO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, a pioneering faculty of medicine, is hosted by Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and Laurentian University in Sudbury with multiple teaching and research sites distributed across Northern Ontario. Visit the Northern Ontario School of Medicine website for more information.

LAKEHEAD UNIVERSITY'S FACULTY OF LAW, is in the North for the North. Its focus is on preparing students for the practice of law in rural and smaller centres. The law school focus is threefold. First, there is emphasis on aboriginal law and understanding of aboriginal issues. The law school provides stand-alone courses on aboriginal law, as well as integrating aboriginal perspectives into other subject areas where appropriate. The second focusis on the needs of small practitioners, which include a course concerned with the business of law. Third, there is concentration on natural resources law from mining rights to employment standards.  
Visit the Faculty of Law website for more information.

For more information about the Education Sector please contact:

Piero Pucci
Supervisor - Economic Development

Tel: (807) 625-3965

Sector/area of expertise: Energy, Health Sciences, Education, Business Retention and Expansion and ICT