Education & Innovation

Post Secondary Education

Thunder Bay is home to two major educational institutions - Confederation College and Lakehead University. Lakehead University is also home to Canada's newest medical school, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Lakehead University and Confederation college are both pro-active in the ongoing development of the skill sets needed by employees to help companies maintain their competitive advantage.

Students in classLakehead University has a higher provincial average employment rate with 94.4% of their graduates finding employment within 2 years of graduation. Students in Forestry, Biology & Natural Sciences, and Computer Science & Math all benefit from a 100% employment rate. (Source: Lakehead University).

Confederation College surveyed employers who had hired recent graduates and they received an overwhelming 90% employer satisfaction rate. (Source: Confederation College)

Lakehead University

Lakehead University logoLakehead University has enrolments of just under 10,000 students and offers a diverse range of science, arts, and professional degree programs. They also offer 28 Masters programs and Doctoral programs in Biotechnology, Educational Studies, Clinical Psychology, Forest Sciences, and Sociology. Their programs also includes the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, which was the first Canadian law program to integrate licensing into its curriculum. The Bora Laskin Faculty of Law is one of only two law schools in Canada that has a mandatory, full year course in Aboriginal Law, as recommended by Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in 2015. Lakehead University ranked in the top 10 Canadian Universities to attend for a primary degree in the 2019 Macleans University Rankings (Source: Lakehead University).


Confederation College

Confederation College logoConfederation College of Applied Arts and Technology has an enrolment of 12,000 students and provides over 70 programs across the seven Northern campuses. The college offers a variety of corporate and customized business and industry training programs and services, including upgrading, pre-technology, apprenticeship and employment. With a demand for skilled trades people, the college offers 10 apprenticeship programs to start students on those career paths.


Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Education and Training Institute

Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Education and Training Institute logoOshki-Pimache-O-Win Education and Training Institute is a result of federal and provincial funding provided to Confederation College. This includes creation of the TEC Hub that features workshop and lab space to support engineering technology and manufacturing programs as well as supporting skilled trades training. The Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Education and Training Institute has also received funding for the Pathways to Prosperous Future project. This will provide specialized training for First Nations people in 49 communities across the Nishnawbe Aski Nation. It will also upgrade the trades lab at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School which will provide more training opportunities for First Nations youth.


The Northern Ontario School of Medicine

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine logoThe Northern Ontario School of Medicine is a joint initiative between Laurentian University in Sudbury and Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. This medical school was created with a mandate to help improve the health of the people in Northern Ontario. From its unconventional beginnings, this medical school continues to explore new ideas and to work to enrich lives in its communities.



Leading Edge Research 

Researcher in labResearch & Development Institutes and private labs are supporting exploration across many industries in Thunder Bay. This research and innovation is assisting in the diversification of Thunder Bay's economy, improving health care for Northern communities, commercialization in renewable energy, bio-refining, and mineral extraction and refining. These institutes are also securing their future development by encouraging greater participation of younger generations in careers based on sciences and math.

Research by Industry
 Industry  Links to Resources
Health Thunder Bay Health Sciences Centre
Thunder Bay Regional Research Institution
Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Bio-Refining Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy
Biorefining Research Institute
Mining Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Mining and Exploration
Activation Laboratories Ltd. (ACTLabs)
ALS Environmental
Education Superior Science


Success Stories: The Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Northern Ontario School of Medicine PDF coverThe Northern Ontario School of Medicine has received more than $9.5 million for their clinical faculty to conduct health research focused on improving the health for the North. (Source: Northern Ontario School of Medicine Achievement Report 2017)




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