Mining Machinery & Equipment Industry

500 mining supply and service business are located in Thunder Bay! The City's mining cluster benefits from its strategic location, with close proximity to mining industries, a centrally connected location in Northwestern Ontario and a lower cost of skilled labour. All of this makes Thunder Bay a strategic hub for investment by businesses focused on mining machinery and equipment.

Why Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay is located at a central junction in the mining industry's transportation routes. Key road and rail connections pass through the region, which also links south to the upper Midwestern United States. Located along Lake Superior, it is also a vital marine transportation hub serving the upper Great Lakes. Thunder Bay international Airport acts as a gateway to many Northwestern Ontario communities that lack direct road access.

Mine location near Thunder Bay

70 km to border

20000 km of rail track

6th largest port in Canada

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30 mineral projects in region

Strategic Location
Thunder Bay has become synonymous as a mining and exploration hub in Northwestern Ontario, supporting mineral projects including: gold, copper, zinc, palladium and graphite.

$93M tax revenue

Industry Driver
Overall employment tied to the mining sector is estimated at 2,773, as a result of direct, indirect and induced employment, making the city a hub for the mining industry in Northwestern Ontario.

Mining companies in and around Thunder Bay are embracing new technologies including AI, robotics, and big data, as well as advanced green technologies.

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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

Industry experts estimate that there are approximately 6,000 trades people in Northwestern Ontario who work in the Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional sectors. In 2016, 8.9% of the Thunder Bay labour force had some type of apprenticeship, trades certificate or diploma. This is higher than the 6% average across the province of Ontario.

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Ontario Advantage

Ontario is the largest producer in Canada of gold, platinum group metals, nickel, and the second largest producer of copper. The province is also a major producer of salt and structural materials.

$10.1B in mineral production

Ontario's leading-edge mine supply and service sector employs more than 40,000 people in Ontario, producing more than $10 billion worth of mining supplies and services every year.

900 mining supply and service companies in Ontario

Ontario mining companies make purchases of over $1B in the mine supply and service sector, with 38% of their total procurement of goods and services coming from suppliers located near the mine sites.

38 mine sites in Ontario

Incentives / Funding Programs

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

$260M Fedeeral Economic Development In itiative for Norther Ontario

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$150k Ventures Community Futures Development assistance

For additional information please contact the Project Manager, Mining Services Sector at (807) 625-2480 or visit our Contact Us page.


Video Resources

Downloadable Files

Mining Machinery & Equipment Industry Report

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Mining and Exploration Report

Mining and Exploration Report


Ontario's Mining Hub

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