North Bay

The City of North Bay is located at the crossroads of the TransCanada Highway 17 and Highway 11 North/South. Known as the Gateway to the North, the city is located between Lake Nipissing and Trout Lake, and is home to a population of approx. 51,000 people, with a regional catchment area of 112,000 people.

North Bay offers economic advantages with easy access to larger Canadian and U.S. markets. The City is located a 3-hour drive north of Toronto and 3½ hour-drive west of Ottawa.

Our North Bay Jack Garland Airport, YYB.ca, with its 10,000 ft runway, provides regular scheduled flights to and from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport as well as flights to other Northern Ontario communities.

Economic growth in North Bay is linked to the city’s close proximity to markets for both manufactured goods and the raw materials needed to produce them. North Bay is centrally located at the crossroads for road, air, rail and fibre optics, providing a link to the north, south, east and west for  transportation and communication activities.

22 Wing CFB North Bay is home to the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD), a United States and Canada bi-national military organization established to monitor and defend North American airspace. 22 Wing CFB North Bay provides surveillance, identification, control and warning for the aerospace defence of North America from its ultra-modern 100,000sq.ft./9,290m2 facility.

Since the municipality is included in one of the regions designated under the French Language Service Act of regions of Ontario, the francophone population who live here, have access to a wide range of government services in French. The Government of Canada also offers its services in French.

Total Population: 50.396
Francophone Population: 6,270 (12,6%)
To learn more about Northeastern Ontario, click here and visit the North Bay’s immigration portal.


Business Opportunities / Jobs
Major industries in North Bay:

  • Manufacturing
  • Public Management
  • Trading
  • Transport
  • Communications
  • Service Sector

The Business Centre Nipissing/ Parry Sound offers support with different programs offered to  entrepreneurs.

Community Futures Development Corporation provides services in support of business start-ups.
Société économique de l’Ontario (SÉO) offers, among others, support for start-ups and adaptation of labor services.
Caisse Populaire North Bay offers a full range of banking services.

See also Service Canada to learn about federal services in the field of employment.