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About Thunder Bay

About Thunder Bay

Where we areThunder Bay, located in the centre of Canada, is a vibrant community with a metro population of more than 120,000 residents. We are industrious, knowledgeable and creative. Our confidence in where we live and work inspires and nourishes our commitment to build a strong community.


Thunder Bay is:

  • One of Ontario's largest cities
  • Home to an international airport, one of the busiest in Ontario
  • Close to the U.S. border with excellent access to the U.S market
  • On Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world
  • Largest outbound port on the St. Lawrence Seaway System
  • A transportation hub for Canada and the principal north-south routes from the Upper Midwest to the Gulf of Mexico
  • A major education centre with Confederation College, Lakehead University, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and outstanding elementary and secondary schools
  • Owner of the largest independent telecommunications company in Canada
  • Home to skilled labour, affordable real estate and housing
  • Rich in natural resources with the boreal forest, minerals and fresh water lakes
  • Developing a growing focus in molecular medicine (research in the areas of mitochondrial DNA, genetic DNA analysis, and cancer research and development)


  • City of Thunder Bay (municipal government)
  • Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (acute care hospital)
  • Lakehead District School Board (elementary and secondary education)
  • Government of Ontario / Management Board of Cabinet (provincial government)
  • St. Joseph’s Care Group (complex care, rehabilitation, long term care, supportive housing and mental health)
  • Lakehead University (education)
  • Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board (education)
  • Abitibi-Bowater (pulp and paper, forest products)
  • Confederation College (education)
  • Bombardier Transportation ( mass transportation, equipment manufacturing)
  • Government of Canada (federal government)
  • Buchanan Group (forest products)

For more detailed information and demographics, review the Community Economic Development Commission's Community Profile.