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Government Services


BizPaL helps you generate a personalized list of the business documents you need for the levels of government—local, provincial/territorial, and federal—you may have to deal with in order to grow or start up your business. And if you are already operating, BizPaL can help you verify that you have all the correct permits and licences. Visit the City of Thunder Bay BizPal website for more information.


The Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry (MNDMF)
Northern Ontario makes up about 90 percent of Ontario, and is bigger than most provinces. The Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry (MNDMF) serves this region and the province’s minerals industry. MNDMF delivers provincial government programs and services in Northern Ontario. They also represent northern and mining interests at Queen’s Park. Visit the MNDMF website for more information.

The Mines and Minerals Division works to support responsible land use management and mineral resource development by administration of the Mining Act, providing public geoscience information and client services. Visit the Mines and Minerals Division of MNDMF for more information.   


Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
The Minerals and Metals Sector (MMS) of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is the federal government's main source of minerals- and metals-related economic and scientific knowledge, including statistics, sustainable development, commodities, technological expertise, and policy advice. Visit the NRCan website for more information.


Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC)
CEDC receives formal proposals on projects that will contribute to economic development. It responds quickly to new opportunities and initiatives to attract direct financial involvement from government and private sectors. CEDC's staff will assist your business with attaining essential information for decision making. Visit the CEDC website for more information.

Development Services
There are four Divisions within the Department:

  • Planning
  • Building
  • Licensing, Enforcement & Animal Services
  • Realty Services

While each Division has a specialized area of expertise, cross-functional teams are put in place to manage projects and provide investors and developers with "one-stop shopping". This approach is intended to streamline development approvals to the fullest extent possible by assembling cross-functional teams to facilitate projects under the guidance of a Project Facilitator. Visit the Development Service website for more information. Visit the City of Thunder Bay Development Services website for more information.