Today, the City of Thunder Bay will begin to receive evacuees from Kashechewan. Due to flooding in the First Nation community, the Province issued a request to Thunder Bay to be a host community. Thunder Bay will host approximately 300 guests from Kashechewan. 

“The City of Thunder Bay is willing and able to help our neighbours in their time of need, as we have in the past,” said Mayor Ken Boshcoff. “I am grateful to the many people who plan and deliver the supports and services to provide the residents of Kashechewan a home away from home.” 

Resources are in place to support the wellbeing of all. The City’s response is a coordinated effort in partnership with the Canadian Red Cross, Indigenous Services Canada, Fort William First Nation, ISN/Waskwa, Ontario Health North, and Emergency Management Ontario (EMO).

Working closely with EMO representatives, the City will continue to monitor the situation and planning is ongoing.  A full cost recovery agreement is in place between Indigenous Services Canada and the City.

Kashechewan is a First Nation community located near James Bay in Northern Ontario.


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Contact:          Norm Gale, City Manager, 807-625-2224