The Economic Development Department assists existing businesses, prospective investors, and community partners with business and community development projects such as:

  • Investment attraction and investment aftercare, including development facilitation (i.e. services ranging from market/business plan review, site searches, development process support, community orientation to public funding application assistance);
  • Business retention and expansion;
  • Liaise with all levels of government to support business and facilitate market development, export and trade opportunities;
  • Municipal industrial land promotion/facilitation;
  • Support for small business and entrepreneurs (Small Business Enterprise Centre partnership with Province);
  • Film & TV production attraction, support, and administration;
  • Support for workforce development, capacity, resiliency, job creation and skills building, including immigration support;
  • Community development, capacity and marketing partnership projects; and
  • Municipal Grant Accessing Program (GAP) services.

Business Retention and Expansion

The City of North Bay, with the support of the Ontario government, offers a Business Retention and Expansion program (BR&E), designed to better understand the needs of local firms and identifying ways of helping them remain competitive and grow. 

The program involves confidential interviews/surveys and on-site visits to local businesses (offered virtual during the Covid 19 pandemic). Led by the City’s Economic Development Department, the program is designed to aid in the expansion of existing companies and to help gauge the health of the business community. Coupled with other economic development initiatives, including a recently-approved three-year moratorium on residential development charges, the BR&E program is part of a larger overall growth strategy for the City.

The City of North Bay is inviting all North Bay businesses to participate in the BR&E Program. Please contact Fran Hanover, BR&E Coordinator, at 705.474.0400, ext. 2424 to learn more or to schedule a visitation.



In addition to its low industrial tax rate, North Bay offers several financial incentive programs that help offset both operating and capital project costs. Our industrial parks offer fully-serviced land at attractive prices, choice of location and size of parcel, combined with Municipal, Provincial and Federal incentives.

We encourage you to contact a member of our team to help find a solution for your specific needs.  



The City of North Bay Economic Development

200 McIntyre St. East, North Bay ON P1B 8V6

1-705-474-0400 ext. 2417