Workforce

As of 2016 there were 1,770 jobs classified as directly part of the mining industry in Thunder Bay. However, many more jobs indirectly make up the mining labour force as they provide support and service to the industry. This includes manufacturing, transportation, warehousing, and utilities work.

6,000 trades people in Northwester Ontatio

Mining Labour Workforce

Thunder Bay is home to a highly educated and diversified skilled trades 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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Thunder Bay Skilled Trades & Apprenticeships

Thunder Bay is home to a highly educated and diversified skilled trades 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. (Source: 2018-2019 Community Labour Plan)

This table shows a breakdown of active apprentices and journey persons. Please note that this was tabulated by the Ontario College of Trades and only included registered trades and does not include those that hold certificates for voluntary trades. (Source: 2018-2019 Community Labour Plan)

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Academic Programs Supporting Mining in Thunder Bay

Lakehead University logoLakehead University offers 5 engineering programs to train students with design and innovation skills. These include: Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; and Software Engineering. Lakehead University Engineering students also have the ability to complete Mining Engineering courses online through a partnership with Queen's University.

 

Confederation College logoConfederation College provides a wide range of programs supporting the mining industry and skilled trades.

These include:

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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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.