Thunder Bay is a service centre community, dedicated to supporting the mining industry in Northwestern Ontario. Use the links below to learn more about the Mining Directory, Business Support Organizations, Industry Associations, as well as Research and Innovation Centres in the area that encourage development and foster growth in the Mining Sector.

Mining Goods & Services Directory

Thunder Bay has over 400 businesses that support Mining in Northwestern Ontario. This directory allows you to search business by company name, keyword, and category. Results are shown in a list and map form and link with the companies' website.

Business Support Organizations

Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce - The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is focused on "Stronger business together." This member-driven organization works to advocate for Thunder Bay's local economy, engage and create relationships within the business community, and to empower business development and growth.

PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise - PARO is dedicated to supporting women in business in Northern Ontario. They provide business services, networking events, and peer support in order to empower women to start and improve their businesses.

The Entrepreneur Centre - City of Thunder Bay - The Entrepreneur Centre provides support for new and expanding businesses. Services include meetings with a business consultant, professional workshops, networking opportunities, mentoring and a wide variety of business resources.

Industry Associations

The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) - CIM is a technical society of professionals in the Canadian minerals, metals, materials and energy industries. The CIM's mission is to provide leadership, quality services, and value to CIM members through technical forums, publications, professional and social networking opportunities, continuing education, and recognition of excellence programs.

The Ontario Mining Association (OMA) - OMA was established in 1920 to represent the mining industry of the province. Their fifty-seven members are engaged in exploring, producing and processing mineral resources in an environmentally responsible manner. The majority of the members are operating mines in Northern Ontario and produce gold, nickel, copper and a variety of other metals and minerals.

The Ontario Prospectors Association (OPA) - The objectives of the Ontario Prospectors Association are to represent and further the interests of the mineral exploration industry and the interests of prospectors. OPA's mission is to enhance and promote the Ontario mineral exploration and development community to foster a healthy mining industry. Regional members of the OPA include the Northwestern Ontario Prospectors Association and Boreal Prospectors Association.

The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) - PDAC is a national association representing the interests of the mineral exploration and development industry. The association works to ensure a robust mineral industry in Canada, and encourage the highest standards of technical, environmental, safety and social practices in Canada and internationally.

Research and Innovation Centres

Centre of  Excellence for Sustainable Mining and Exploration (CESME) - Part of Lakehead University, CESME encourages research, education, and outreach regarding the nature and impacts of mineral resource exploration and extraction.

Activation Laboratories Ltd. (ACTLabs) - ACTLabs opened their Thunder Bay location in 2008 and expanded in 2011. They provide  high volume sample preparation and a wide variety of trace-level to high-grade analysis methods including gold and other precious metals.

ALS Environmental - ALS has two locations in Thunder Bay. They provide a full range of environmental testing services, specializing in the analysis of air, soil, sediment, water, and much more.

Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre - This team supports not only entrepreneurs but all businesses in Northwestern Ontario that are working on innovation. Become a member to access business advice, market research and development assistance as well as funding opportunities and networking.

NORDIK Institute - The NORDIK Institute is focused on building Northern Ontario's capacity for research. Their research projects have contributed to social and economic justice, and provided evidence for informed policy and decision making in Northern Communities.

Government Services

The Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry (MNDMF) - MNDMF serves Northern Ontario and the province's minerals industry. MNDMF delivers provincial government programs and services in Northern Ontario. They also represent northern and mining interests at Queen's Park. The Mines and Minerals Division works to support responsible land use management and mineral resource development by administration of the Mining Act, providing public geoscience information and client services.  

Natural Resources Canada - The Minerals and Metals Sector (MMS) of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is the federal government's main source of minerals- and metals-related economic and scientific knowledge, including statistics, sustainable development, commodities, technological expertise, and policy advice.

Process and Regulations

Thunder Bay's CEDC team is here to help with all of the permits, legislation, and other regulations to get your business up and running quickly. Use the links below to learn which building applications, environmental legislation, and zoning regulations apply to the mining industry. If you have any questions, please contact the Development Officer at (807) 625-3960 or visit out Contact Us page.

Applications, Licenses, and Permits

Property Information Report Request Form - Submit a request form to find out zoning, zoning by-law amendments, committee of adjustments decisions, permitted uses, unfinished building permits and orders for a property.

Building and Plumbing Permits -  Apply for small commercial or large commercial building permits. Learn about permit fees, processing time, and other required approvals.

Building and Plumbing Forms and Documents -  Visit this page for supplementary information to building permits, architect and engineer design forms, demolition permits and inspection requirements.

Planning Applications – These applications include: consent to sever, minor variance, zoning amendments, as well as the appeal process and support for official plans. 

Utility Services and Utility Location Permits - This page has information regarding major utility providers in Thunder Bay and has applications for new utility connections.

Regulations and Guidelines

Interactive Zoning Map - Use this map to find the current zoning on any property in the City of Thunder Bay. 

  • Zoning By-Law - Download a consolidated copy of the City of Thunder Bay Zoning By-Law 100-2010.

  • Visit the City of Thunder Bay's Zoning webpage to see all zoning by-laws, former by-laws, surviving paragraphs or to make an enquiry.

Development Codes, Ordinances, Standards, & Interpretations
Ontario Building Code - This website provides detailed information regarding Ontario's Building Code.

Environmental Legislation
Ontario Environmental Protection Act - Download a complete copy of the current Environmental Protection Act, or search through the Act by regulations.

Ontario's Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks - This webpage includes business resources such as: Environmental Assessments, Environmental Approvals, Environmental Registry, Hazardous Waste Management, Records of Site Conditions Registry, and Renewable Energy Projects.

Reports and Publications

Learn about Thunder Bay's current business landscape and plans for growth. This section includes many resources including the city's Community Profile, Strategic Action Plan, as well as engineering and construction resources to turn your new business into a reality.

Mining Readiness Strategy - This plan discusses the growth in the Mining industry throughout Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario.

Ontario's Mining Hub - Download a PDF brochure with key details about how Thunder Bay supports exploration and mining inNorthwestern Ontario.

Mining Information Kit for Aboriginal Communities - Natural Resources Canada has produced this document which outlines opportunities for Aboriginal Communities to get involved during mine development.

Ontario Mining & Exploration - This directory and resource guide is produced by the Ontario Prospectors Association.

Mining Act - This provincial legislation governs prospecting, mineral exploration, mine development and rehabilitation in Ontario.

Community Reports

Community Profile - highlights Thunder Bay’s strategic location and competitive advantages, as well as major employers. It includes Thunder Bay's statistics and demographics. 

Community Profile French – download the French version of the Community Profile. 

Strategic Action Plan – The CEDC launched their new 2019-2022 Strategic Action Plan titled Mission Possible: Agents of Change on January 10, 2019

The CEDC's focus is to:

  1. Work with partners to expand a highly productive and innovative economy ensuring it is diverse and globally effective.

  2. Develop and support joint projects in partnership that strengthen indigenous communities.

  3. Attract and retain labour while ensuring a highly educated and skilled work force is available and developed.

  4. Influence ideas to strengthen Thunder Bay and regional infrastructure.

  5. Market the economic development potential of Thunder Bay and region.


Corporate Energy Management Plan - This plan is responsible for the budgeting and monitoring of the City of Thunder Bay's corporate energy use and for creating a corporate culture of conservation through education that ensures the wise use of energy.

EarthCare Sustainability Plan- This plan works towards a more sustainable Thunder Bay.

Other Resources

Thunder Bay Statistics – Review detailed statistics on demographics, labour force, taxes, etc.

Construction Association of Thunder Bay -

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


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