Employers are a key component of the Local Employment Planning Council. There are over 10,500 businesses in the Thunder Bay district. According to Canadian Business Counts statistics, 2015, in which employers are identified by size, 58 % have zero employees, followed by 20% with 1 to 4 employees and 9% with 5 to 9 employees which means approximately 87% of the businesses in the District of Thunder Bay are small to medium sized employers.

The 2015 EmployerOne survey results indicated that only 25% of the Survey respondents use government employment centres/websites and 11% use non-government or community employment service centres/websites for their recruitments. Employers may not be aware of the services or have had the time to explore the options available to them.

A central objective of the LEPC/CLPE pilot project is to provide easier and fuller access to Employment Ontario and Non-Employment Ontario employment and training services for local employers. Through labour market research and community consultation several different initiatives have been implemented and are listed below. If you require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact our office. Our staff would be happy to hear from you!

Employment & Training

The LEPC is currently developing an Asset map which will be a regional summary of the Employment Ontario and Non-Employment Ontario employment and training service providers. The interactive map will assist in identifying the most appropriate employment and training resources located nearest you.

Magnet for Employers

Magnet is a recruitment tool for employers that matches job postings with the best potential candidates available. The service is free for employers to register and as part of the LEPC/CLPE project the NSWPB has purchased the right to waive the fee for employers in the Thunder Bay District to review resumes of potential candidates.

Register and review resumes for free on the NSWPB Magnet website.

Magnet Website

Apprenticeship Information

Northern Ontario employers are concerned there is a shortage of skilled trades workers on the horizon. Some employers are already having a hard time recruiting employees with the skills and qualifications they need. Sponsoring an apprentice is one of the best ways to build your workforce for today and the future. The Thunder Bay Apprenticeship Hub has all the tools and information you need to do it right.

Check out the resources below to learn everything you need to know about making apprenticeship work for your business.

LMI Data Portal

The Labour Market Information Data Portal is designed for employers to access information regarding current labour market conditions. The reliable information will be useful for employers developing their workforce, seeking grants or proposal funding.


The annual EmployerOne survey is designed to bring together the concerns and needs of employers in the Thunder Bay district. The results from the survey are utilized to target and improve services at the local, regional and provincial levels.

2016 EmployerOne Survey Results

Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

Visit the Employment Ontario website to find information regarding services available for employers through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The site offers several options for accessing information including a live chat.

Employment Ontario Website

Employer Resources

Canada Ontario Job Grant 2019-01-10
Graduated Apprenticeship Grant For Employers 2019-01-10
Guide To Developing Indigenous Inclusion Policies 2018-11-27
Baakaakonaanan Ishkwaandemonan (Opening Doors For You) - Building Solutions Through Community Voices 2018-11-07
TRADES TODAY - Winter 2016 2017-02-23
Mental Wellness At Work Training Invitation 2017-01-13
Magnet EMPLOYER READ ME 2016-07-19
Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program
OYAP allows high school students to get a head start on apprenticeship. Find out how to get involved!
Dollars & Sense Guide
Check out the grants, tax benefits, and loans available to apprentices with the NSWPB's handy guide.

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

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