Why Thunder Bay

Canada is one of the top global destinations for exploration and mining, and Thunder Bay is the gateway to Northwestern Ontario and all of its resource potential. Thunder Bay is in a unique position to support the Mining Machinery & Equipment Industry. As a thriving urban centre, Thunder Bay provides business support through access to funding, networking with industry leaders, communications infrastructure, and access to cutting edge research facilities.

Supply Chain
Thunder Bay is in a prime strategic location to support mining in Northwestern Ontario. It is surrounded by resource rich areas and has an extensive transportation network enabling the flow of employees and resources. Extracted materials can quickly and easily be shipped across the country as well as to destinations around the globe. By using a variety of road, rail, air, and sea transportation, mining businesses can choose the most efficient and cost effective shipping methods.

Mine location near Thunder Bay

With 5 major national fibre optic cables going through Thunder Bay, the city is well serviced by most national communications companies as well as TBaytel, which is owned by the City of Thunder Bay. The multiple fibre trunks run through the city and are connected to the largest data centre and carrier hotel in Toronto, Canada. TBaytel has a 110 year history in Thunder Bay and has grown to be the largest independently owned communications company in Canada. Tbaytel employs over 400 people in Thunder Bay and they provide the fastest internet connection in the city as well as reliable mobility, tv internet, telephone and security services for business clients.

Investment in New Infrastructure
The Government of Ontario is committed to the development of the mining industry in Northern Ontario, and has released their plan of investment through the “Northern Highways Plan.” This is a commitment to invest over $500 million to expand and rehabilitate the highways in Northern Ontario. This will greatly improve land transportation around current and future mines. The Ontario government has also committed $1 billion to construct infrastructure essential to sustainable development of the mineral rich Ring of Fire region.

80,000 sqft lab at Activation Laboratories Ltd.

400+ Mine service businesses

550 active mine employees

Existing Industry

Thunder Bay's strategic location and transportation network make it a prime location to support mining in Northwestern Ontario. Thunder Bay is serviced by road, rail, air, and sea transportation enabling easy access for people and good to move in and out of the region. Thunder Bay also features over 400 businesses that support the mining industry. Business categories include:

  • Assay Firms

  • Camp management / camp supplies

  • Consulting

  • Drillers / Drill Suppliers

  • Electrical Contractors

  • Engineering

  • Equipment Rentals

  • Exploration / Mining Companies

  • Industrial Suppliers

  • Machine Shop Fabricators

  • Medical

  • Meetings and Conventions

  • Mining Services

  • Mining Supplies

  • Office Equipment and Supply

  • Plumbing

  • Storage

  • Towing

  • Trailers, ATV's, Marine, Snow Machines

  • Transportation - Air

  • Transportation - Ground

Globally Recognized Mining & Mining Supply Companies in Thunder Bay

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Valmet Forward logo

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Manroc logo

Premier Gold Mines Ltd logo

Goldcorp logo

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Exploration Spending by Mineral

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Mineral Exploration Activity in Ontario Totaled $535 million in 2017.

Newmont GOLDCORP: Red Lake

  • Historic mining district producing 30m ounces gold since 1949.

  • Expected to produce 235,000 ounces of gold in 2018.

New Gold Inc: Rainy River

  • Operations began in September 2017.

  • Produced 227,000 ounces of gold in 2018.

Barrick Gold Corp: Hemlo

  • Mine has been in operation for over 30 years, producing 21m ounces of gold.

  • Produced 196,000 ounces of gold in 2017.

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.