Site Selection

Welcome to Thunder Bay

Centrally located in Canada, Thunder Bay is also situated close to the US border, making it a prime supply chain link for the entire continent. Thunder Bay features an extensive transportation network including highway, rail, airport, and seaport, giving businesses direct access to national and international markets

Read the Site Selection Brochure for more information.

Thunder Bay's skilled labour force and low cost of doing business make it an ideal site for your business. Our economy has been expanding from traditional sectors such as manufacturing and forestry, to include innovations in health science, aviation, education, and renewed mining opportunities.



Thunder Bay CEDC's team is here to support you through the site selection process, contact us for individualized assistance.

Why Thunder Bay?

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Learn about Thunder Bay's unique advantages for business, including its location and transportation network which allow for efficient supply chain management. Discover the major businesses that are currently operating in Thunder Bay and learn about the commitment to education and innovation in the region.

Economic Overview

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Thunder Bay has a cost competitive business environment. Benefiting from a stable and competitive business landscape at both the provincial and federal levels, Thunder Bay is able to provide a low cost of doing business. Delve into specific costs for labour, site, transportation, utilities, and taxes. Learn about the demographics, education, and labour force of the 121,621 residents in the City of Thunder Bay.

Incentives & Funding Programs

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Thunder Bay businesses are supported at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels. There are numerous opportunities for new and expanding businesses to take advantage of incentives as well as funding programs to invest in growth. Visit this section to discover the cost saving programs available for your business.

Available Land & Property

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Find a new home for your business. Thunder Bay has a variety of accessible and affordable land and properties available for purchase or lease. With no development fees, land zoned for commercial, industrial, and aviation, discover how the sky is the limit for your new location.

Processes & Regulations

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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 fast. Learn which building applications, environmental legislation, and zoning regulations apply to your industry.

Reports, Publications & Other Resources

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Download up to date reports and strategies for Thunder Bay. Learn about different resources available for engineering and construction as well as environmental data for the region.


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See what Thunder Bay has to offer its residents. Learn about the multitude of recreational activities, work/life balance, excellent education opportunities and its diverse multi-cultural community. Discover why everyone wants to Go To Thunder Bay.

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


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Why Thunder Bay

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Thunder Bay is Northwestern Ontario's commercial, administrative and medical hub.


“We ship every day… Plane leaves here at 5 o’clock every day. Our goods are in their owners hands as quick as 18 hours anywhere in North America.” - Owner, Cinevate Inc.

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