More Re-openings for City Programs and Facilities

Posted On Tuesday September 15, 2020

City Council received an update last night on summer programming, as well as an overview of what the public can expect to reopen over the next few weeks.

In developing reopening plans, Administration is guided by the principles of: ‘Safety First’ (for

public and employees, as informed by public health professionals); ‘Value for Money’ (reopening programs and services that deliver the highest value at best cost or adjust services to support cost containment); and ‘Create Opportunity’ (innovative ways to serve the community and support economic recovery).

The following facilities are currently open or anticipated to be opening in September/October:

Child Care

  • Algoma – 684-3272
  • Grace Remus – 684-3594
  • Private Home Child Care – 625-3810
  • Woodcrest – 684-3687
  • Ogden (anticipated to reopen by early October) – 625-3810

Families who are in need of child care can apply online through a centralized waitlist at

Pools & Fitness

  • Churchill Pool
    • Call 577-2538 to pre-book swim activities
    • Canada Games Complex(anticipated to open the week of Sept. 21-25)
      • Babysitting service and towel rentals are not available at this time
      • Limited capacity in work out areas due to physical distancing
      • Program registration and pre-bookings for pool/squash/fitness programming begins Sept. 17
        • Call 684-3311 to pre-book pool/squash/fitness activities
        • To register for swim lessons, call 625-8463
        • Updates will be provided at 

Arenas & Stadia

  • Fort William Stadium
  • Current River Arena
  • Delaney Arena (anticipated to open Sept. 21)
  • Port Arthur Arena (anticipated to open Sept. 27) 
  • Grandview Arena, Neebing Arena, Fort William Gardens & Curling Club (anticipated to open by mid-October)
  • Contact the Facility Booking Coordinator at 625-2434 for ice rentals

Community Centres

  • Current River, North McIntyre, Oliver Road and West Thunder

Older Adults Centres & Programs

  • Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre
    • Registered and drop-in programs start the week of Sept. 21 
    • Limited hours – Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
    • West Arthur Older Adult Programming(reopening Sept. 24)
      • Limited registered and drop-in programs 
      • Limited hours of Thursday from 8:30 am – 12 pm and Friday from 8:30 am – 4 pm
      • View the Fall Key for details at Call 625-8463 to register for a program.

Neighbourhood Recreation Program (anticipated to open late September)

  • 3 school sites anticipated to reopen include Westmount, St. Thomas and St. Margaret schools
  • Participants must attend the school where the program is provided
  • Call 625-8463 as of Sept. 17 to register

Baggage Building Arts Centre (early October)


  • The Conservatory is open now seven days a week, 10 am to 4 pm.

Stay up to date on announcements from the City regarding COVID-19. Visit and view the City’s A-Z directory for all facility and service updates. For public health information, visit: 

  • - the Ontario Ministry of Health reports on the status of cases in Ontario each morning at 10:30 am.
  • www.TBDHU.COM/coronavirus - the Health Unit’s website contains links to credible sources of information for both the public and local health care providers.

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Contact:       Stacey Levanen, Supervisor – Corporate Communications, 625-3650

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