Medical Devices and Remote Healthcare

Known as the medical learning and research centre of Northwestern Ontario, Thunder Bay boasts a strong and deep health sciences sector, including patient care centres, a local medical school, and a renowned research institute. Groundbreaking research and innovation at Lakehead University and Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre also supports a growing medical devices and remote healthcare industry.

Why Thunder Bay

Jobs in the Healthcare and social assistance industry are more highly concentrated in Thunder Bay than in most Canadian cities, and have enjoyed a stable labour supply of educated professionals in recent years. With a strong outlook as a growth industry, the medical devices and remote healthcare sectors represent a unique and encouraging investment opportunity for both established and burgeoning companies.

Travel distances

2,800 TBRHSC employees

$100m NOSOM economic activity

11 years of research at TBRRI

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6 hrs from Minneapolis-St.Paul

Minnesota Medical
Device Cluster
Hennepin, Carver and Ramsey Counties have some of the highest concentrations of Medical Manufacturers in the United States.

18% of TB labour force in Health Sciences

Skilled Labour Force
10,000 plus people make up Thunder Bay's Healthcare Sector, drawing interest from investors and attracting new talent to the City.

Cost Advantages
Ontario's combined general federal-provincial CIT rate is lower than the average of G20 countries and the average federal + state CIT in the United States.

26.5 % CIT

Development Charges
Thunder Bay offers competitive land costs, construction costs, and zero development charges, making it an ideal location for expansion and new construction.

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Skilled Labour Force

Lakehead University offers five undergraduate programs, four master's programs and one doctoral program for students pursuing careers in Health Sciences. Confederation College offers 22 different programs dedicated to Health Sciences. The Northern Ontario School of Medicine has 7 distinct program streams as well as continuing education for health professionals.

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Ontario Advantage

Ontario enjoys a universal healthcare system, which means the average employer health costs per year for companies based in Ontario are 1/3 of the cost of the US average. Access to healthcare also raises productivity due to lower rates of absenteeism.

70 km to border

The Government of Ontario invested $5 million in Lakehead University to create the Centre for Advanced Studies in Engineering and Sciences. A 42,000 square foot facility with new laboratories and equipment to support research and training.

20000 km of rail track

The Government of Canada invested $1.85 million to enable the Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute to purchase equipment and implement new technologies in the area of probe development and biomarker exploration (PD&BE).

2 hr. flight to most centres

Incentives / Funding Programs

Thunder Bay is committed to supporting the advancement of the medical devices and remote healthcare industry in Northwestern Ontario. There are numerous incentives and funding programs for new and expanding businesses to offset costs and encourage research and innovation.

35% Tax Credit Program

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$150k Ventures Community Futures Development assistance

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


Video Resources

Downloadable Files

Medical Devices Report

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Health Sciences Report

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Accelerating Excellence in Medical Research and Innovation in Ontario's Northwest

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