Thunder Bay District LMI Blog

Employment Decreases Across NWO

Posted in Uncategorized by lmi_thunderbay on September 22, 2010

The August edition of the Northwest Ontario Labour Market Monitor has been released.¬† This month’s newsletter notes the decrease in Employment across Northwestern Ontario compared to August 2009: “…decreased by 4,400 from August 2009 to August 2010 with job losses in both full-time (-1,200) and part-time employment (-3,100).”
It’s not all bad news though. Mining and Manufacturing are on the rise. Check out the report here and click on “August 2010”:

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Fourth Quarter shows Fewer Employers Hiring – Nationwide

Posted in Employment Statistics by lmi_thunderbay on September 7, 2010

A survey conducted by Manpower Inc. noted that 21 per cent of Canadian firms surveyed said they planned to boost payrolls in the last three months of 2010.

This figure represents a slight drop from the third quarter of 2010, when 22 per cent of 1,900 employers expected to increase their workforce. Read more about this here:
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Atikokan’s Coal Plant to be Converted to Biomass – Producing jobs!

Posted in Uncategorized by lmi_thunderbay on August 27, 2010

The Province has stated that the Ontario Power Generation will purchase the power produced at the soon to be converted biomass plant in Atikokan. This is great news for Atikokan as it means that some 200 construction jobs will be created over the next 3 years and many of the existing 90 jobs at the plant will be saved. Further, 20-25 more jobs will be created at the nearby pellet plant, where the pellets used to produce the electricity will be created. Read more about the story here:

Employment Ontario Employment Services Program Offered by NEW, YES, and LES!

Posted in Employment Opportunities, Employment Services, Government by lmi_thunderbay on August 20, 2010

Acquiring new skills and finding a job just got a little easier in Thunder Bay. On August 19th, 2010, Northwest Employment Works (NEW) (formerly JobConnect), Your Employment Services (YES), and Lakehead Employment Services (LES) joined forces to offer the full suite of Employment Ontario employment services. Job seekers of all demographics can now go to either of these organizations to access employment help! Read the full article here:

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Interesting LMI Stats for Northern Ontario

Posted in Uncategorized by lmi_thunderbay on August 18, 2010

During the first quarter (Jan-April), the unemployment rate in Thunder Bay CMA fell from an average of 8.6% to an average of 7.6% over the one-year period. This is good news for our city! You can read about this statistic and many more on the Employment Ontario Northern Region: First Quarter 2010. The document was released in April and provides many salient statistics for labour market information throughout Northern Ontario!

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Water Front Development Producing Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!

Posted in Uncategorized by lmi_thunderbay on August 10, 2010

The August/September edition of the MyTBay newsletter, produced by the City of Thunder Bay, suggests that the Thunder Bay waterfront development at Prince Arthur’s Landing has made strides into developing our local workforce. To date, some 333 local jobs have been created with 76 local companies being employed for work! As progress continues, these numbers are certain to increase. Stay up to date on the progress of the waterfront by visiting or joining the Facebook page:

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Terrace Bay Pulp Reaches Plan to Pay Back Creditors

Posted in Uncategorized by lmi_thunderbay on June 30, 2010

Terrace Bay Pulp will soon begin to move forward after reaching an agreement with its creditors to pay back the $35 million in claims! This is great news for the community of Terrace Bay. Read the full story from the Chronicle Journal here!

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200 Jobs Coming with Bombardier!

Posted in Uncategorized by lmi_thunderbay on June 15, 2010

Metrolinx and Bombardier will provide 182 light rail vehicles, with a possibility of 118 more, over the next 10 years. “Project management, production engineering and final assembly of the vehicles will be done in Thunder Bay.” This will create some 200 jobs for Thunder Bay’s workforce! Check out the article here:

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Modest gains for Summer Employment in Thunder Bay

Posted in Uncategorized by lmi_thunderbay on June 14, 2010

A recent survey found 17 percent of local employers are planning on hiring staff through July, August, and September, while another 70 percent plan on maintaining their current staffing levels. Read more here:,-survey-finds

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Global Sticks Inc. – Employing between 80-100 people coming soon!

Posted in Employment Opportunities, Thunder Bay by lmi_thunderbay on May 18, 2010

May 18, 2010 – Thunder Bay made national news on Tuesday with an article in the Globe and Mail relating to the new manufacturing prospects of Global Sticks Inc. Check out the article by clicking here.

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