Work in Thunder Bay: We need healthcare workers

Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission
Published: July 19, 2022

There is a world of employment possibilities to discover outside of the big city.

Rewarding professional careers, skilled trades jobs, superior nature, and lower property prices are attracting more people from large cities to work in Thunder Bay.

Thunder Bay is located in Ontario, which is Canada's largest province. The city is west of Toronto and south of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Known as the city with the Giant Heart, Thunder Bay is a friendly and down-to-earth community that is an ideal place to live and work.

It is rare to find a diverse economy with a climate for innovation in smaller cities but Thunder Bay has it.

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Disruptive SMEs, several universities, world-leading research institutions, an international population and industrial regeneration have transformed Thunder Bay in recent years. Today, Thunder Bay is home to big name manufacturers, local businesses, creative studios and public sector leaders.

With an average commute time of 10 minutes, a lower cost of living and a growing economy, more workers are finding exciting careers in Thunder Bay. From electricians and plumbers, to accountants and healthcare professionals, well-paying employment opportunities are available in varied sectors.

There are over 20 primary care clinics in Thunder Bay, and two hospitals: the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) (acute care), and St. Joseph’s Hospital (complex care, rehabilitation, and palliative care). Teaching, research, advanced practice and continuing professional development opportunities for physicians and medical professionals are available.

Healthcare remains the city’s leading employment sector, and medical professionals are in demand. Thunder Bay is recruiting for family physicians, specialists, psychology professionals, personal support workers and home care aids, technicians, pharmacists, administrative support staff, and much more.

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Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) is a leading teaching and research hospital, serving all of Northwestern Ontario Thunder is a 375-bed acute care facility that offers an expansive range of specialist services. TBRHSC is the Regional Trauma Centre and Cancer Referral Centre for Northwestern Ontario and it operates the second busiest emergency room in Canada. TBRHSC is the teaching hospital of choice for over 1200 learners from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), Lakehead University, Confederation College, and other partnering academic institutions. It is Thunder Bay’s largest employer with over 3,300 employees and it operates on an annual budget of more than $300 million.

The Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute (TBRRI) is an innovative, brand new facility equipped with advanced technology that attracts outstanding talent. It is contributing millions of dollars to Thunder Bay’s economy and driving the growth of the Life Sciences Manufacturing cluster including innovative young businesses and ground breaking research.

The Lakehead University Paleo-DNA Laboratory is a research laboratory affiliated with the Lakehead University Centre for Analytical Services (LUCAS). The laboratory provides three functions: research, services and teaching. The research covers many aspects of DNA analysis; from the development and implementation of new extraction and purification methods through to their application. Research projects have involved modern and ancient human identification, species identification, and plant and animal genetics.

St. Joseph’s Care Group (SJCG) offers a broad range of programs and services in addictions and mental health, rehabilitative care & chronic disease management, and seniors’ health in Thunder Bay. Its eight sites include a rehabilitative care hospital, long-term care homes, residential addictions programs, supportive housing, and outpatient services. SJCG is Northwestern Ontario’s regional lead for rehabilitative care, behavioural supports and palliative care.

With over 2,200 staff and growing, St. Joseph’s Care Group is Thunder Bay’s second-largest employer and operates on an annual budget of $181 million.

Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is a partnership between Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and Laurentian University in Sudbury. Founded in 2005 to improve health care for northerners, NOSM provides training in more than 90 communities across the region, delivering programs modelled after novel education strategies to meet the healthcare needs of Northern Ontario.

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