Welcome back to Thunder Bay

Many who leave Thunder Bay for work, school or to just try something new, come back.  Here are the stories of three citizens who left for various reasons and are now back in their home town.

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Quality of Life

Steps from nature and outdoor recreation, people who live in Thunder Bay enjoy sailing, hiking, camping and lake life in the summer, and skiing, boarding and snowmobiling in the winter.  Best of all, people have time here. With the average commute to work about 10 minutes, work-life balance is a daily reality for working professionals in Thunder Bay.


Thunder Bay is a welcoming and multicultural community.  It also happens to be one of the cleanest and greenest cities in Canada too. Thanks to the diverse and growing economy, the future looks bright for the local population as well as the thousands of Canadians, newcomers and international students currently enrolled in the city’s post-secondary institutions.

Cost of Living

One of the main reasons people choose to stay or move to Thunder Bay is for the low cost of living. The District of Thunder Bay offers a wide range of neighbourhoods that cater to an even broader range of people. The city and its suburbs are close to lakes, beaches, forests and parks, so residents enjoy superior living without breaking the bank. A single detached home can be purchased in Thunder Bay for under $200,000.

City Experiences

With a beautiful waterfront, modern downtown and vibrant restaurants and bars, Thunder Bay attracts young, urban and intelligent professionals, new Canadians and entrepreneurs from all over the world. The local food, arts and cultural scene feature front and centre of local life. Throughout the summer, Thunder Bay streets are lined with outdoor patios, music, festivals and events. From retail shopping and restaurants, to theatres and sports, the Thunder Bay lifestyle has everything you need.

Funded by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, in partnership with FedNor, Thunder Bay Ventures administers the Community Futures Program.  In supporting small business and  economic development, they offer the following programs and services:

  • Strategic community planning, economic development and diversification
  • Business information, counselling, and advisory services
  • Access to capital for small businesses and social enterprises

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