Talent & Workforce


Among North Bay's many advantages is its readily available, highly skilled and educated workforce. 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. 

The world’s first fuel-cell powered locomotive was manufactured in North Bay

A photo of a fuelcell stack

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 data collected through Statistics Canada, Census Profile 2016 for the City of North Bay. 

Labour Force Status Total
Population, aged 15 years and over by labour force status - 25% sample data  42,705
In the labour force 25,490
Employed 23,065
Unemployed 2,425
Not in the labour force 17,215
Participation rate  59.7%
Employment rate 54.0%
Unemployment rate 9.5%

North Bay's total labour force, population aged 15 years and over by occupation (NOC) 2016 - 25% sample data 

Industry Amount (%)
Management occupations10
Business, Finance, and administration occupations14
Natural and applied sciences and related occupations6
Health occupations9
Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services14
Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport2
Sales and service occupations28
Trades, transport and equipment operations and related occupations13.5
Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations1.5
Occupations in Manufacturing and utilities2
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Education and Training

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: