Current Projects & Initiatives

CEDC receives formal proposals on projects that will contribute to economic development.  We respond quickly to new opportunities and initiatives to attract direct financial involvement from government and private sectors. CEDC’s staff will assist your business with attaining essential information for decision making.

Pool 6 Site Enhancement
Scope of work

The purpose of this project is to establish a welcoming and economically beneficial space for the new visitors traveling to the City of Thunder Bay each year from the incoming cruise lines. This project’s measurable goals and objectives include:
Extending the time that each incoming visitor spends in our Northern Ontario community.
Increasing the economic yield of each incoming visitor.
Establishing a space that has the ability to retain new cruise line clients and attract long-term large-scale development.

Project Status

In progress

Contact 

Jamie Lee Kostecki, Project Manager, jamielee.yawney@thunderbay.ca
Paul Pepe, Manager, Tourism Thunder Bay, paul.pepe@thunderbay.ca

Bioeoconomy
Scope of work: Deliverable 1

Deliverable 1: Through a formal technical study with CRIBE we will determine the feasibility of establishing an “energy biohub” within the city designed to extract maximum value from the forest (biomass industry).
Goals would include: determining the true available wood/biomass supply, determining wood costs and characteristics, creating an on-line bioeconomy development narrative , linking to potential technology providers (including energy generation), and identify deployable alternative uses and users for mill residues and biofibre.

Project Status

Publishing March 2022

Scope of work: Deliverable 2

To promote the ongoing market studies and lead generation for the Bio-economy sector in Thunder Bay, we plan to produce a robust marketing strategy and sector promotional material.

Project Status

In progress

Contact 

Jamie Lee Kostecki, Project Manager, jamielee.yawney@thunderbay.ca

Fibre to the Home
Scope of work

In partnership with Tbaytel we received $2.91 million to bring fibre to more than 2,300 addresses in rural Thunder Bay, including the areas of Alice Avenue, Belrose Road, Broad Oaks Drive, Mount Forest Boulevard, Highway 61, Loch Lomond Road and Government Road.

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Project Status

Substantial completion

Contact 

Jamie Lee Kostecki, Project Manager, jamielee.yawney@thunderbay.ca

Plug In Thunder Bay
Scope of work

CEDC has launched a funding program to support the installment of Electric Vehicle(EV) charging stations in Thunder Bay. This funding will be delivered through cost-sharing contribution agreements for eligible projects that will help meet the growing charging and refueling demand.

Learn more about Plug in Thunder Bay.

Project Status

In progress

Contact 

Jamie Lee Kostecki, Project Manager, jamielee.yawney@thunderbay.ca

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP)
Scope of work

RNIP is a new community-driven immigration program. It is designed to spread the benefits of economic immigration to smaller communities by creating a path to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers who want to work and live in Thunder Bay.

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Project Status

In progress
Program ends: December 2022

Contact 

Emily Lauzon, Workforce Development Officerm RNIP Program, emily.lauzon@thunderbay.ca

Hydrometallurgical Study
Scope of work

Through a formal study introduce a high-level review of the possibilities of a copper nickel producing hydrometallurgical industry, based in the municipality of Thunder Bay, Ontario. It is hoped that this review will stimulate industry interest and study of the significant possibilities lying in application of modern hydrometallurgy to the known polymetallic mineral deposits of both the Archean eon and the younger Mid-Continent rift related, 1.1-Billion-year-old Proterozoic age copper nickel deposits of Northwestern Ontario and the adjacent US States of Michigan and Minnesota. Thunder Bay is well suited by its location and infrastructure to site the processing facilities for the concentrates derived from The Lake Superior District’s operating mines, known resources, and advanced exploration projects.

Project Status

Complete – https://gotothunderbay.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/CEDC_Hydrometallurgical-Study_final-1.pdf 

Contact 

Eric Zakrewski, Chief Executive Officer, Thunder Bay CEDC, eric.zakrewski@thunderbay.ca

Mining Readiness Study
Scope of work

The City of Thunder Bay and the CEDC engaged MNP to develop a Mining Readiness Strategy focused on business development in mining supply and services, workforce training and development, transportation and electrical infrastructure, economic impacts, research and development, and gaps and barriers to mine development. 

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Project Status

Execution of the goals within study

Contact 

John Mason, Project Manager, Mining Services, john.mason@thunderbay.ca

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