Demographics & Education


The City of Thunder Bay is home to 121,621 residents, but the district of Thunder Bay expands the population to approximately 146,048. Over 15,000 Thunder Bay residents identify as part of an aboriginal population, with First Nations being the largest group with over 12,000 people followed by Metis with 3,000 people and 100 who identify as Inuit. With a proud multi-cultural heritage and deep Aboriginal roots, Thunder Bay is one of the most culturally diverse communities of its size in North America.

Population by Ethnic Origin

65.54% of The City of Thunder Bay's current population is between the ages 15 to 64 years old. 14.44% of the population makes up the younger generation that will soon be entering the work force. Source: Townfolio

Source: Statscan Census
Last updated: May 2017


Thunder Bay boasts a highly educated workforce. 61.4% of adults in Thunder Bay possess a post-secondary education which is a higher rate than any other OECD country. (Source: Statistics Canada, 2016; OECD, 2016).

Population by Education Level
Education Total
Total population aged 15 years and over with higher level certificate, diploma or degree


No certificate, diploma or degree


High school diploma or equivalent


Postsecondary certificate, diploma or degree


Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma


College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma


University certificate or diploma below bachelor level


University certificate, diploma or degree at bachelor level or above


Bachelor's degree


University certificate, diploma or degree above bachelor level


With the recent development and investment in R&D, Thunder Bay has been building a knowledge based economy with diverse job opportunities. Recent developments include the opening of the Northern Ontario Medical School in 2005, as well as the Thunder Bay Regional Heath Research Institute in 2007.

Investments such as these have attracted world class experts, working in such areas as mitochondrial DNA, genetic DNA analysis, and cancer research.

Testimonial: Superior Propane

Superior Propane ribbon cutting"We were looking for a well skilled work force and Thunder Bay was hands down the place to be. The city was very open and friendly, from the economic development group to training provided by Confederation College. In fact Confederation College actually ended up training across the country for us, so we were totally impressed with what we saw. To think that we went from nothing to 30 trained people in 90 days is amazing. Phenomenal!” - John Gleason, President of Superior Propane

For additional information please contact the Development Officer at (807) 625-3960 or visit our Contact Us page.


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