Mining the Northwest: Thunder Bay stakes its claim as a mining supply hub

Mining the Northwest: Thunder Bay stakes its claim as a mining supply hub

Labour and skill gaps, suitable land availability are challenges listed in city’s latest mining readiness strategy

Thunder Bay is out to build its brand as a mining supply hub.

Four years after tabling its first Mining Readiness Strategy, the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) revealed the findings from an updated version last month, informed by a survey of industry stakeholders last year.

Northwestern Ontario has always been a precious and base minerals grocery store to the world. Much of the activity surrounding that sector has always flowed, many times sight unseen, through Thunder Bay.

Following the crash of the region’s forestry economy in the mid-2000s, local industrial suppliers and service companies retooled and transferred their skill-set over to the mining and exploration companies.

Seeing the opportunity to diversify the local economy, the CEDC jumped on the bandwagon in opening lines of communication between procurement managers at the mines and the Thunder Bay business community. 

Today, the CEDC remains intent on maximizing and expanding those spinoff benefits by promoting local and Indigenous vendors with the launch of a new mining service and supply directory, listing more than 400 companies along with targeted marketing campaigns, like Join the Boom, promoting Thunder Bay as a regional supply hub.

Jamie Taylor, the commission’s CEO, said her staff has done plenty of outreach and networking to encourage industrial suppliers in Sudbury, Timmins and beyond to consider opening a branch shop in northwestern Ontario.

If a conveyor belt tears at a mining operation, the CEDC gladly points out it’ll take less time to order and hustle a replacement up to the site from a fabricator in Thunder Bay than it is to knit a new one in Sudbury. 

“We’re really trying to stress that,” said Taylor. “A lot of companies need servicing or

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Province shells out $2.8M for business development in Thunder Bay

Province shells out .8M for business development in Thunder Bay

Sixteen Thunder Bay-location tasks are getting funded with far more than $2.8 million by the province, ranging from new plane know-how to med-tech to forestry devices.

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. introduced the cash April 28. The cash are anticipated to support recipients enhance operational potential and strengthen the nearby financial system.

The NOHFC is funding the following assignments:

  • $400,000 for KBM Methods Group to purchase light detection and ranging (LiDAR) devices and plane to extend functions in remote sensing and field and complex expert services $240,916 to obtain information and communications technological know-how to extend geophysical study solutions throughout the energy and utilities, forestry, mining and road infrastructure sectors and $64,620 for flight training products to start off presenting flight training services that will enable fill a escalating will need for specialist improvement chances for professional pilots in Northwestern Ontario
  • $387,000 for Mileage Auto Furthermore – a comprehensive-assistance motor vehicle mend and servicing facility specializing in commercial vehicles in the telecommunications and hydro enlargement in Northwestern Ontario – to boost capacity to company larger sized and much more cars
  • $292,232 for EvergreenRx KB Inc. to increase its creating footprint at its Kakabeka Falls pharmacy to have plenty of place for administering immunizations, blood pressure kiosks and extra laptop workstations and to satisfy new ventilation and other specifications established by the Nationwide Affiliation of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA)
  • $282,500 for Harris Timber to buy a new processor that will increase small business potential by enabling the corporation to lower to length rather of only tree-size wood
  • $246,200 for Loch Lomond Gear Sales Ltd. – a business specializing in gear for ice road design – to establish additional workshop and storage place to develop operations supporting winter roads significant for transporting provides to Indigenous communities not available by road in
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