Mining Resources

We’ve compiled the information and tools you need to discover the full potential of Northwestern Ontario’s mining industry.

The Fort William Reserve, situated on the western end of Lake Superior near Thunder Bay, was established in 1850 through the Robinson-Superior Treaty. The economic development department of Fort William First Nation (FWFN) is dedicated to providing programs and services that enhance economic opportunities for FWFN members. This includes a comprehensive range of initiatives, seamlessly integrating to support business and career development, workforce enhancement, advisory services, and the creation of procurement opportunities, all contributing to the goal of economic reconciliation.

Thunder Bay is currently home to an estimated 500+ mine supply and service companies to support any of your needs.

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Industry Associations and Other Useful Links

The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM)

CIM is a technical society of professionals in the Canadian minerals, metals, materials and energy industries. The CIM’s mission is to provide leadership, quality services, and value to CIM members through technical forums, publications, professional and social networking opportunities, continuing education, and recognition of excellence programs. Visit the CIM website for more information.

The Ontario Mining Association (OMA)

OMA was established in 1920 to represent the mining industry of the province. Their fifty-seven members are engaged in exploring, producing and processing mineral resources in an environmentally responsible manner. The majority of the members are operating mines in Northern Ontario and produce gold, nickel, copper and a variety of other metals and minerals. Visit the OMA website for more information.

The Ontario Prospectors Association (OPA)

The objectives of the Ontario Prospectors Association are to represent and further the interests of the mineral exploration industry and the interests of prospectors. OPA’s mission is to enhance and promote the Ontario mineral exploration and development community to foster a healthy mining industry. Visit the OPA website for more information. Regional members of the OPA include the Northwestern Ontario Prospectors Association and Boreal Prospectors Association.

The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)

PDAC is a national association representing the interests of the mineral exploration and development industry. The association works to ensure a robust mineral industry in Canada, and encourage the highest standards of technical, environmental, safety and social practices in Canada and internationally. Visit the PDAC website for more information.

Mining Information Kit for Aboriginal Communities

This information kit explains the purpose of mine development, identifies the main activities and players, and outlines opportunities for Aboriginal communities to get involved during mine development. Visit the Natural Resources Canada website for more information.

Government Services

Federal, Provincial and Municipal government encourages exploration and development of our natural minerals, which capitalizes on growth opportunities for investors and sustains our mineral industry.
Government of Ontario

The Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines (MENDM) Northern Ontario makes up about 90 percent of Ontario, and is bigger than most provinces. The Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines (MENDM) serves this region and the province’s minerals industry. MENDM delivers provincial government programs and services in Northern Ontario. They also represent northern and mining interests at Queen’s Park. Visit the MENDM website for more information. The Mines and Minerals Division works to support responsible land use management and mineral resource development by administration of the Mining Act, providing public geoscience information and client services.

Government of Canada

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)

The Minerals and Metals Sector (MMS) of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is the federal government’s main source of minerals- and metals-related economic and scientific knowledge, including statistics, sustainable development, commodities, technological expertise, and policy advice. Visit the NRCan website for more information.

Local Workforce and Training Institutions

Mining Specific Education & Training Resources

Anishinabek Employment and Training Services

Anishinabek Employment and Training Services AETS is part of a nation wide agreement with the Indigenous Skills Employment and Training (ISET) Program Terms and Conditions, and one of the 110 distinct based ISET Program Agreement Holders in Canada (one of 22 in Ontario) as of July 2nd 2019 with the following ISET Program’s goals over the next 10 years:

  • Improved skills levels of First Nation Citizens and reduced skills gap
  • Improved employment outcomes of First Nation Citizens and reduced employment gap.

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Buhler First Aid Training and Certification

Buhler First Aid Services (CPR, First Aid)

Buhler First Aid Services is a leading provider in both public and private training courses ranging from first aid and CPR/AED training up to and including leadership and advanced first aid courses.

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Heart 2 Heart First Aid and CPR Training

Heart 2 Heart First Aid and CPR Training

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Intola Safety

Since 1998, Intola Safety has been providing Thunder Bay and the surrounding area with quality health and safety training.  During this time, businesses and individuals alike have called on Intola Safety to provide consultation and training related to the diverse needs of our region.

Collectively, Jake and Jeff Vandahl have over 45 years of  experience working in a variety of sectors, including forest resources, manufacturing, service industries and education. 

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Minodahmun Development

Minodahmun Development LP is a 100% First Nation owned partnership created by Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek, Aroland First Nation and Ginoogaming First Nation to maximize First Nation participation in development projects, with a focus on the mining sector. 

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Nokiiwin Tribal Council

Nokiiwin Tribal Council is a rapidly expanding non-profit organization providing a diverse range of services. Nokiiwin Tribal Council is dedicated to working in unity with our five member First Nations to enhance growth and prosperity in the areas of governance, finance, capacity development, access to justice, economic development, community planning, technical and education services. For more information, please visit at


NORCAT and Partners Unite to Improve Safety, Productivity and Sustainability in the Global Mining Industry.

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Northstream Safety & Rehab

NorthStream is a proudly women owned, Northern Ontario Business which began its journey in 2016. Prioritizing clients with services in rehabilitation, occupational, medical, POET, Pre-Employment & Annual testing, and drug & alcohol programs, policies, training, and testing.

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North Superior Workforce Planning Board

As the local Board for the Thunder Bay District, NSWPB identifies challenges and opportunities that may exist in the labour market through our community to developed tailored responses for initiating workforce development strategies.

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NorthWest Training and Development

NorthWest Training and Development is a training and consulting services provider based in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.  NWTD has been in operation for over 20 years servicing clients across Canada, into the U.S. and Australia / New Zealand.  Our training services focus on leadership development, communications and training skills, occupational health and safety, and NeuroLinguistic Programming(NLP).  Our consulting focus is on organizational development, strategic planning, board development, team building and facilitation of organizational change and transition initiatives.  Coaching services are available for executives and individuals.

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At ORIGIN, we innovate the way people connect to career and culture. Our approach is to design, develop and deliver leading-edge technology solutions that improve access to employment and culture opportunities across diverse industries and sectors.

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Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

OYAP is a specialized program in high school that allows you to explore apprenticeship and consider careers in the skilled trades, generally starting in Grade 11 or Grade 12 through the cooperative education program.

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Outland Youth Employment Program

A national network of land-based education, training and work opportunities for high school aged Indigenous youth. OYEP is a six-week work experience providing training and education in a supportive space that replicates various work environments.

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SPI Health and Safety - Thunder Bay location

SPI Health and Safety (confined space, fall protection, lockout/tagout)

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St.John Ambulance

St.John Ambulance (first aid, CPR)

518 Fort William Rd
Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 2Z8


Taranis Training

Taranis Training Ltd. was established in 2011 by Taranis Contracting Group to address skills gaps in the industry.

Operating out of Thunder Bay and serving Northern Ontario, Taranis Training delivers the highest professional standards of training to equipment operators and truck drivers. We are proud to recruit and train the best operators to work in our own businesses and for success in the industry.

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