Talent & Workforce


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

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 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)  


Workforce activity Total
In the labour force 32,400
Employed 30,500
Unemployed 1,900
Not in the labour force 22,800
Participation rate 58.7%
Employment rate 55.3%
Unemployment rate 5.9%

North Bay's Workforce Breakdown

Industry Amount (%)
Business Services34
Wholesale and Retail trade19
Health care and social services16
Construction and Manufacturing10
Educational Services9
Government and other services9
Finance and Real Estate3
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Education and Training

North Bay is home to many educational An aerial photo of Nipissing University and Canadore College's Campus on College Driveinstitutions 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: