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Thunder Bay, as the hub of northwestern Ontario – this friendly and down-to-earth community is an ideal place to live, work, and do business. 


Thunder Bay is home to a multicultural community of professional, skilled, and creative people. Here you’ll find a mix of modern city living and the best of nature — all on your doorstep. Newcomers come to Thunder Bay for small city affordability, big-city opportunities, and the bonus of a superior lifestyle.

Thunder Bay is one of 11 northern cities across Canada to be selected for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP). The RNIP has seen great success in Thunder Bay and now, in the second year of the three-year pilot, 138 foreign skilled workers have been recommended for permanent residency. There’s an overwhelming amount of interest in Thunder Bay, and the program couldn’t have come at a better time. The community faces stagnant population growth and an aging workforce. With the help of Thunder Bay’s Community Economic Development Commission,  local employers can now access a broader labour pool and source the right people to offset predicted labour shortages in the future.

There’s a world of employment possibilities to discover outside of the big city — in Thunder Bay there are many in-demand occupations in skilled trades, business, and service industries. Health care workers are also in high demand with personal support workers (PSWs) being the highest on the list. There’s a great need for PSWs in Thunder Bay and with the RNIP program, many of these essential workers have a pathway to permanent residency. The RNIP is now helping certified skilled health care workers stay in Canada and work here locally.

If you’re looking to live in one of the most exciting cities in Canada, it’s hard to look beyond Thunder Bay.

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