Shaping a Sustainable Future

Shaping a sustainable future is about balancing and bridging contrasts – the contrast between Thunder Bay’s size and richness of opportunity, between stability for today and growth for the future, between a local focus and international profile, and across and between different perspectives and experiences


To grow prosperity, population and profile through partnership, knowledge and resources in support of our community and development ecosystem.


The CEDC’s vision is to nurture: small city character, welcoming community and love of local with big city opportunities to grow, thrive and bring aspirations to life for all.


Strategic Pillars

Natural Resources

Goal: Grow, expand and promote Thunder Bay as the regional centre and world leader for mining and forest products services, supply and manufacturing.

Workforce and Immigration Development

Goal: Attract, integrate and retain a highly skilled workforce focusing on our youth, national and global immigrants and regional Indigenous communities.

Tourism Development

Goal: Becoming Canada’s premier outdoor city, weaving our connectivity to our natural environment to our signature urban culinary and cultural attractions to create memorable leisure, corporate and sport event experiences for visitors.

Strengthen Community

Goal: Drive the growth and progression of Thunder Bay into a safe, welcoming community where people work, live and play while having access to comprehensive health care, education and employment opportunities with an affordable, high quality lifestyle.

Business Support

Goal: Be a cornerstone and catalyst for local and regional entrepreneur support to help drive the creation of new business, and higher quality employment opportunities that offer new services and products to markets everywhere

View our 2023 - 2025 Strategic Action Plan

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