Thunder Bay Feature

Shelby Ch'ng, owner of Unveiled Bridal Boutique, would like to see downtown Fort William improvements to make the business district more inviting to clients.
Fort William business owners eager for image overhaulWhen Shelby Ch'ng gave up a good-paying desk job to open up a bridal boutique, her friends thought she was crazy. They didn't think much of her choice when she located in Thunder Bay's gritty south end business core. “I think it's a great place for new businesses to cut their teeth and get started,” said the first-time entrepreneur who's filled one of the many empty storefronts in the former Fort William business district. The shop’s refinished wood plank floor came from the Port A...

Thunder Bay News

Ontario breaks the coal-burning habit
The Thunder Bay Generating Station has burned the last of its coal, and Queen’s Park is rejoicing.The Ontario government is boasting that the province is the first North American jurisdiction to eliminate coal as a source of power generation. Built in 1963, the generating station was the oldest coa...
Thunder Bay port preps for monster grain move
It could take a full year to clear up the massive backlog of Western Canadian grain and move it to market, said the CEO of the Thunder Bay Port Authority.“They say this could take until the next harvest to clean up, it’s that big,” said Tim Heney. “It’s going to be interesting (this spring) to watc...
Thunder Bay’s best in business
The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce held its 20th annual Business Awards at the Victoria Inn, April 6. Here are the winners:Commitment of Quality Awards: Sweet Escape Cake Café & Bakery and Vector ConstructionBusiness Excellence Award (small): Primary Foto SourceBusiness Excellence Award (medium): ...
Former Terrace Bay mill owners fined for 2011 fatality
Terrace Bay Pulp has been fined $275,000 for an explosion that killed a worker at its Northern Ontario mill on Oct. 31, 2011.The company pleaded guilty in a Thunder Bay provincial court, April 4, to failing to take reasonable precautions and failing to ensure that a steel tank was drained and clean...

Thunder Bay Community Profile

Quick Facts  2012 Municipal Tax Rate 

Population: 121,596

Location: 70 km from the Minnesota border 

Commercial occupied: 0.04694259
Industrial occupied: 0.05533678
Target Growth Areas  Real Estate 

Health Sciences

Information technology


Average cost of a four-bedroom home: 193,000

 Developments for 2013  Top 5 Employers 


Mining Sector


Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre: 2,694

Lakehead University: 2,100

Lakehead District School Board: 2,200

St. Joseph's Care Group: 1,700

Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board: 1,500

City of Thunder Bay: 1,855