Among North Bay's many advantages is its readily available, highly skilled and educated workforce of 32,400. Over 80% of North Bay's population, 15 years of age and over, achieved high school diplomas and 56% have graduated from a trade school, technical college or university.
To maintain and build on this workforce, industry and educational partnerships are commonly formed and customized programs are established to find innovative solutions and meet specific industry needs.
According to Statistics Canada 2011 Census, 13% of Northern Ontario’s population has apprenticeship opportunities, trades certificates or diplomas compared to 9.1% throughout Ontario.
The world’s first fuel-cell powered locomotive was manufactured in North Bay
The world's first tele-robotic surgery was performed at North Bay General Hospital. The patient was at the hospital in North Bay and the surgeon was 400 km away in Hamilton, Ontario
The following table represents workforce activity based on the National Household Survey, North Bay, CA, Ontario 2011 (CANSIM - 282-0134 - Labour force survey estimates (LFS), by selected census agglomerations based on 2011 Census boundaries)
|In the labour force||32,400|
|Not in the labour force||22,800|
|Wholesale and Retail trade||19|
|Health care and social services||16|
|Construction and Manufacturing||10|
|Government and other services||9|
|Finance and Real Estate||3|
North Bay is home to many educational institutions and training facilities that support the local workforce. In addition to Nipissing University and Canadore College, there are also several private training institutions dedicated to educating the community, including: