Business Resources

North Bay’s business resources rival those of many larger cities and include national engineering, accounting, legal, financial, freight-forwarding and realty firms, major investment houses, and Federal and Provincial government agencies, which create a total business service environment capable of meeting the requirements of growth-oriented companies.

We work with our existing companies to help strengthen their operations and increase global competitiveness. The Economic Development Department assists local operations build a business case for the capital required to undertake expansion. This means identifying and assisting the company with securing public sector funds in support of the project, finding ways to offset labour and training costs, and working hand in hand with the company on the permit application process and throughout the design and construction phases of development.

To access the business directory please click on the following link:

Entrepreneur & Small Business Resources

The Business Centre Nipissing Parry Sound is a not-for-profit organization funded by the Province of Ontario that provides information, programs, training and resources to entrepreneurs, startup and expansion businesses, at no cost.  If you are looking to start a business or expand your current business there are a variety of services that The Business Centre has to offer including:

  • One-on-one consultations
  • Business Plan Development
  • Information on Funding Opportunities
  • Assistance with Market Research
  • Professional Advisor Referrals
  • Business Development Programs and Training
  • Business Related Events and Networking Opportunities

For more information on what The Business Centre has to offer you and your business, please visit their website at The Business Centre. You can also contact them by calling 705-474-0400 ext.2302, or by visiting the office on the 6th floor North Bay City Hall. One of the staff will be available to assist. 


Employer Resources

Research and Innovation

Canadore College opened its Innovation Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Production facility in September 2013. The $2.8 million centre houses highly-specific technology and equipment allowing companies toA photo of a robotic arm inside ICAMP access the technologies and resources necessary for the development of new products and processes or the refining of existing products and processes. 

The Innovation Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Production (ICAMP) provides technology for:

  • Product design tools
  • Rapid prototype development
  • Reverse engineering
  • 3D printing
  • Material and product testing
  • Advanced manufacturing machining
  • Process design and automation
  • Simulation

How ICAMP can help:

  • Enable access to funding for new technologies
  • Enable experimentation and development of new products and processes or the refinement of existing products and processes
  • Provide a central site that protects an individual company’s intellectual property
  • Leverage existing infrastructure (shops and labs) to provide businesses with the support required during the development, incubation, expansion or re-tooling phases
  • Focused on commercialization

Visit Canadore College's Innovation Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Production website or contact them for more details:

Innovation Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Production

Visit Innovation Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Production at 60 Commerce Crescent, North Bay

705-474-7600 ext. 5721


Local Workforce

Over 80% of North Bay’s workforce has completed high school, with 56% having graduated from a trade school, technical college or university. Our firms have turnover rates of less than 5% and correspondingly low rates of absenteeism. While we have both union and unorganized shops, work disruptions are rare . Starting wages for machinists, welders, and industrial mechanics are extremely competitive. The resulting productivity levels have helped many of our multinational companies win internal global competitions for capital expansions.

Access additional resources and provide input about employer-specific issues and opportunities through the Labour Market Group.

The Labour Market Group (LMG)

Visit LMG at 101 Worthington Street East, Suite 238


Wage Rates

The following website provides resources for job descriptions, wage rates, skill requirements, training and job opportunities based on different occupations within specific regions in Canada: Users can narrow the search to the North Bay area to determine wage rates and job descriptions in specific sectors. Additional labour market information is available through the Labour Market Group’s website.

Recruitment Resources

Labour market issues and limited HR capacity have been identified as a key priority for business growth in northeastern Ontario. A variety of agencies and services exist to assist employers with their recruitment needs, including:

  • Get Trained Workers Program – a one-stop shop for finding trained and qualified employees
  • Professions North – bridging Northern Ontario employers and internationally trained professionals
  • Yes Employment - provide services to help individuals find employment, return to school, and or access training