Start Your Next Learning Adventure in Thunder Bay

When moving to a new city or choosing a post-secondary education, it’s important to have education choices that matches your life ambitions and learning preferences. In Thunder Bay, learners have a range of options to choose from. 

Elementary & High School Level

For school age students, Lakehead District School Board and the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board offer welcoming settings. The French school board, Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Aurores boréales, runs both an elementary and a high school in Thunder Bay, as well as six additional schools throughout the Thunder Bay district. Native language classes where students learn Ojibwe dialects from Northern Ontario are also available. Further, specialized programs are offered for Indigenous students and students with special needs.

Post-Secondary Level

Post-Secondary students have their choice of a wide range of diploma and undergraduate degree programs in Thunder Bay. Confederation College offers career-focused education programs, from apprenticeships to diplomas, degrees to post-graduate certificates, continuing education and part-time studies. Lakehead University offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs including sciences, business, medical and law degrees. The Northern Ontario School of Medicine and the Lakehead University Law School are based in Thunder Bay. 

1450 Nakina Dr, Thunder Bay, ON P7C 4W1

Confederation College – Change Your Life

View a list of all of Confederation College’s Programs and Courses.

Apprenticeship Programs
Skilled Trades People are in high demand and Confederation College offers 11 Apprenticeship Programs to pioneer your career in the skilled trades.

Negahneewin Student Services
Confederation College offers Indigenous Programs, student support as well as cultural services and events.

International Students
There are over 500 international students from over 30 different countries currently studying at Confederation College.

Book a Campus Tour
Book a tour to visit Confederation College’s Thunder Bay campus and learn more about the school.

995 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 5E1


Undergraduate Programs
There are over 50 undergraduate programs offered at the Thunder Bay Campus including Arts, Engineering, Indigenous Learning, Northern Studies, Nursing, and Science programs.

Graduate Programs
There are over 30 graduate programs that range from Certificates, Diploma, Masters and Doctoral programs.

Bora Laskin Faculty of Law
The newly opened Bora Laskin Faculty of Law features a three year law degree focused on justice in smaller communities.

Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Lakehead is the West campus of the newest Medical School in Canada, Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

Book a Campus Tour
Book a tour to visit Lakehead’s campus and learn more about the school.

Other Local Organizations that Provide Education and Training

Anishinabek Employment and Training Services

Anishinabek Employment and Training Services partners with local businesses to provide training to First Nation Citizens.


Canada Ontario Job-Grant

This grant provides financial assistance to employers who are investing in training for their employees.


North Superior Workforce Planning Board

This board connects community partners with the mission of improving quality of life through workforce development. They provide research into Thunder Bay’s labour market and work with local businesses and organizations to create strategic plans and projects to address the specific needs of the local labour market. Contact North Superior Workplace Planning Board about their training programs.


Northwest Employment Works (NEW)

NEW provides services to help businesses in Thunder Bay with hiring and training their employees. View their calendar of upcoming workshops.


Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre

This centre provides business support for new and existing businesses. They provide assistance through networking, mentorship, help with finding funding, training employees and providing business expertise. They offer a Training Lab which is available for rent and to send employees to one of their training courses. View the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre’s upcoming events.


Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber of Commerce provides opportunities to help local businesses grow. Members of the Chamber can attend professional development sessions, peer networking events and luncheons to expand their knowledge and business connections. Check out Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce’s upcoming events.


Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre

The Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre is funded through a partnership between the Province of Ontario and the City of Thunder Bay. We help you determine what you need to do before, during and after launching your business. The Entrepreneur Centre also provides free training and workshops to entrepreneurs.



YES Employment Services

YES Employment Services is a non-profit, charitable, community-based organization. They represent community services, business, and labour as well as education and training locally. YES offers workshops to assist you with all aspects of your job search.


Discover the Thunder Bay Lifestyle

Thunder Bay has some of Ontario’s best assets and offers a diverse experience. This small size city provides big possibilities with numerous advantages over other similar cities, which are yours to discover.

People come to Thunder Bay for economic opportunities. They stay for the stunning nature, new friends and better way of life.

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