Welcome to the City of Thunder Bay’s (CTB) virtual career fair. With over 500 different job classifications, we hope that the information on this page will help you learn about the job opportunities that exist within the Corporation of the City of Thunder Bay (The City).

Each and every job with the City is different and unique in its own way but all jobs have a required defined set of knowledge, skills and abilities. Information on this page has been provided as a guide to help future employees determine the next steps to become a City employee in a chosen field. 

Meet our team & learn more about careers with the City


Apply today

Interested in working for the City now? Apply today at www.thunderbay.ca/jobs

Summer student jobs

Annually, the City runs a Summer Student Employment Program between the months of May – August. This program assists student in gaining the knowledge, skills and abilities they may need for future jobs with the City.  Students who have been in full-time attendance (September to April) at school, college, university or other educational institution for the current academic year and will be returning to full-time studies for the following academic year are eligible to apply.

Learn more about the knowledge, skills and abilities required for jobs at the City

Knowledge, skills and abilities

Positions with the City are grouped within 5 main categories. 

  • Administrative - administrative assistants, executive assistants, clerks, etc.
  • Operations - transit operators, labourers, operators, equipment operators, etc.
  • Trade - mechanics, electricians, carpenters, plumbers, building inspectors, millwrights, etc
  • Professional/Technical - paramedics, firefighters, accountants, engineers, nurses, planners, information technology positions, graphic designers, early childhood educators, personal support workers, etc.
  • Managerial - supervisors, managers, directors, general managers 

Below you will find out more information on the common education/certifications, experience, skills and abilities required for jobs within the various Divisions at the City.  

 Building Services
 Corporate Information Technology (CIT)
 Superior North EMS




 Engineering & Operations
 Thunder Bay Fire Rescue (TBFR)




 Pioneer Ridge - Senior Services & Long Term Care 




 Planning Services
 Recreation & Culture
 Child Care Centres
 Indigenous Relations

CTB leadership competencies

The City has a defined set of leadership competencies that are used to assist in recruiting future leaders, to manage their performance, to create personal development plans, to identify training needs for the Corporation, and to increase job satisfaction. There are 11 competencies organized into four groups: Strategic Orientation, Leading Effectively, Connecting and Relationship Building, and Achieving Results. These groups identify a very high level of the desired behaviours of our leaders. If you are interested in becoming a leader with the City please review our full leadership competencies information guide to learn more.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to know someone to get a job with the City of Thunder Bay?

No, the City of Thunder Bay utilizes objective shortlisting criteria, which are directly from the job description for the advertised position.


Applications must meet the education and experience to continue to the second stage of shortlisting. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.


Reviewing the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) documents on the page will provide you insight into the education, experience and KSAs required for positions you are interested in. It is never too early to start working towards the requirements for your desired job. 


Are all City jobs posted for the public? 

All vacancies are posted unless otherwise approved by the Executive Management Team in accordance with Corporate procedure HR-01-22 (Job Postings).


However, some positions in accordance with Collective Agreements are posted internal only. 


I have heard you need seniority to get certain jobs with the City of Thunder. How do you gain seniority if you can’t even apply?

Some positions that fall within certain bargaining units and groups at the City of Thunder Bay award positions to the most senior qualified applicant if they meet the education and experience requirements for the position. These positions are typically posted internally first. Should no qualified applicant be found internal to the bargaining unit, the position would then be posted external to the public.


We encourage candidates to apply for temporary and/or entry level positions, as this is a starting point to gain seniority and be eligible to apply on other positions within the bargaining unit.


*Bargain unit - is a group of positions and employees represented by a single labor union in collective bargaining.

What is a general resume? 

A general resume is a resume that can be used to apply for any position. You should start with a resume version that includes:

  • A strong general summary statement that displays your top 3 - 4 abilities;
  • A skills section outlining extra areas where you excel;
  • An experience section that gives a brief description of each of your roles with a couple of supporting bullets around your main responsibilities and tasks; and
  • Any additional sections for your education, training, memberships, and affiliations, etc., that may be important to include.
  • Make sure to provide job specific information relevant to the position you are applying. Use the job specific cover letter and additional details fields on your profile page.

Get connected with the resources you need

Need help getting connected to the education, training or educational financial resources?  Explore some of the community resources indicated below that can assist you in your career journey.

Post-secondary education

Our local post-secondary institutions offer many of necessary courses that you may need to meet the education requirements for positions with the City.

Confederation College

Explore Confederation College programs and admission requirements

Lakehead University

Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university with over 65 programs to choose from. Whether you are interested in the arts, sciences or professional programs such as Business, Engineering, Forestry or Nursing, we have it all.

Lakehead offers full-time and part-time studies leading to degrees, diplomas and certificates. Whether you decide to study on campus, online or a combination of both, you will be surrounded by supportive and engaging faculty that will ensure you are well prepared to make
an impact on the world.

Choose from our pillar programs or create a degree that's unique to you. Experiential learning opportunities are guaranteed. Take your learning beyond the classroom and into our local communities, labs, the workplace and industry. 

Learn more about why over 96.7% of graduates are employed within 2 years of study, above the provincial average. Welcome to Lakehead.
We’re excited to help you reach your potential. Read more about us on the Lakehead website. 

Click here to learn more on how to apply and admission requirements.

Learn more about our programs and what Lakehead has to offer by checking out our current viewbook.

Training and funding

Anishinabek Employment & Training Services (AETS)

  • Skilled Indigenous workforce
  • To provide guided education and training pathways, towards inclusive employment opportunities respectful of culture.
Organization information

 AETS is part of a national wide agreement with the Indigenous Skills Employment and Training (ISET) Program Terms and Conditions, and one of the 110 distinct based ISET Program Agreement Holders in Canada (and one of 22 in Ontario) as of July 2nd 2019 with the following ISET Program’s goals over the next 10 years: 

  • Improved skills levels of First Nation Citizens and reduced skills gap
  • Improved employment outcomes of First Nation Citizens and reduced employment gap.

 The agreement allows for financial assistance to AETS, to support the costs of programs and services and other activities related to the ISET program and section 63 of the Employment Insurance Act.  The objective of the agreement is to increase the participation in the Canadian labour market of the Aboriginal people served in the North Superior Region (Robinson-Superior Treaty).

Explore AETS programs and services today.

Skilled Trades

Skilled Trades - A skilled trade is a career path that requires hands-on work and specialty knowledge. Explore the many paths into the skilled trades.

Service Canada

Canada Student Grants & Loans - The Canada Student Financial Assistance Program offers student grants and loans to full-time and part-time students. Grants and loans help students pay for their post-secondary education.

Apprenticeship Loans and Grants - The Canada Apprentice Loan is an initiative of the Government of Canada to help you complete your apprenticeship in a designated Red Seal trade.


Job search & hiring supports (resumes, interviewing, etc.)


Northwest Employment Works (NEW)

Northwest Employment Works – Confederation College is an Employment Ontario Service Provider that provides FREE Job search & hiring supports to job seekers and employers in our community. Although physically located at Confederation College we are open to the public. If you are unemployed, working part time, underemployed, laid off and/or not in Full time school or training – we can help!

We offer support with developing/updating your resume, cover letters, career exploration, re-training, apprenticeship and effective job search methods. One on one appointments available for those that require more support. Currently we are offering our free services virtually, phone and email. We have opened our Community Employment Resource

Centre and our one to one appointments Mon, Tues & Thursdays by appointment only!

Contact us today to get started!

Email: new@confederationcollege.ca

Web: www.northwestworks.ca

Phone: (807) 473-3829

Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/NorthwestEmploymentWorks


YES Employment Services

YES Employment Service is a non-profit, community based organization.  We have been bringing workers and employers together since 1981.  We serve job seekers of all ages and skill levels and we offer recruitment assistance to local employers.  Our current programs are funded by Employment Ontario and the government of Canada. 

Visit the YES job bank at www.yesjobsnow.com/job-bank

Learn more about workshops to assist with an effective job search at www.yesjobsnow.com/yes-events

Email: resource@yesjobsnow.com

Web: www.yesjobsnow.com

Phone: (807) 624-1960 

Resources for teachers

A lesson plan for Career Studies (revised 2019), Grade 10 meeting learning outcomes B1.3 and B3.2 is available for use along with an associated activity sheet

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