North Bay and surrounding area benefit from the forestry industry, emphasizing on process innovation and value-added products. The regional forestry sector includes:
North Bay is also home to Ontario WoodWORKS!, a project of the Canadian Wood Council. WoodWORKS! is a national campaign to increase the use of wood in commercial, industrial, and institutional construction. WoodWORKS is a national industry led initiative of the Canadian Wood Council; their goal is to promote the use of wood and wood products in innovative commercial, industrial, and institutional construction projects and to acknowledge the contribution of wood use advocates.
The City of North Bay is within the forest management unit known as the “Nipissing Forest”. The Forest extends over 11,932 km2 from which 400,000 cubic metres of wood is harvested annually and is delivered to more than 20 forest resource processing facilities in the region. Wood from the Nipissing Forest is processed into pulp, paper, veneer, dimensional lumber, oriented strand board (OSB), fuelwood, pallets and specialty products.
WoodWORKS! recognized the North Bay Regional Health Centre architect team with the Institutional Wood Design Award for projects valued at more than $10 million.
North Bay is a diverse community that offers a perfect blend of opportunity and easy living. With a population of approximately 51,553 and a trading area of 112,000, North Bay offers economic advantages with easy access to larger Canadian and U.S. markets.