Business Resources

North Bay’s business resources rival those of many larger cities and include national engineering, accounting, legal, financial, freight-forwarding and realty firms, major investment houses, and Federal and Provincial government agencies, which create a total business service environment capable of meeting the requirements of growth-oriented companies.


Business Retention & Expansion (BR&E)

The City of North Bay offers a Business Retention and Expansion program (BR&E), designed to better understand the needs of local firms and identifying ways of helping them remain competitive and grow. 

The program involves confidential interviews/surveys and on-site visits to local businesses. Led by the City’s Economic Development Department, the program is designed to aid in the expansion of existing companies and to help gauge the health of the business community. Coupled with other economic development initiatives such as the North Bay Works Human Resource Support Program, the BR&E program is part of a larger overall growth strategy for the City.

The City of North Bay is inviting all North Bay businesses to participate in the BR&E Program. Please contact Fran Hanover, BR&E Coordinator, at 705.474.0400, ext. 2424 to learn more or to schedule a visitation.

Entrepreneur & Small Business Resources

The Business Centre is a not for profit organization that offers information, programs, training and resources to entrepreneurs, start-ups and expanding businesses in the districts of Nipissing and Parry Sound.

  • One-on-one consultations
  • Business Plan Development
  • Information on Funding Opportunities
  • Assistance with Market Research
  • Professional Advisor Referrals
  • Business Development Programs and Training
  • Business Related Events and Networking Opportunities

For more information, visit their website at The Business Centre, or call 705-474-0400 ext 2302; one of the staff will be available to assist. 

Employer Resources

Research and Innovation

Canadore College's Innovation Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Prototyping houses highly-specific technology and equipment allowing companies toA photo of a robotic arm inside ICAMP access the technologies and resources necessary for the development of new products and processes or the refining of existing products and processes. 

The Innovation Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Prototyping (ICAMP) provides technology for:

  • Product design tools
  • Rapid prototype development
  • Reverse engineering
  • 3D printing
  • Material and product testing
  • Advanced manufacturing machining
  • Process design and automation
  • Simulation

How ICAMP can help:

  • Enable access to funding for new technologies
  • Enable experimentation and development of new products and processes or the refinement of existing products and processes
  • Provide a central site that protects an individual company’s intellectual property
  • Leverage existing infrastructure (shops and labs) to provide businesses with the support required during the development, incubation, expansion or re-tooling phases
  • Focused on commercialization

Visit Canadore College's Innovation Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Prototyping website or contact them for more details:

Innovation Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Production

Visit Innovation Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Production at 60 Commerce Crescent, North Bay

705-474-7600 ext. 5721



Local Workforce

Over 80% of North Bay’s workforce has completed high school, with 56% having graduated from a trade school, technical college or university. Our firms have turnover rates of less than 5% and correspondingly low rates of absenteeism. While we have both union and unorganized shops, work disruptions are rare . Starting wages for machinists, welders, and industrial mechanics are extremely competitive. The resulting productivity levels have helped many of our multinational companies win internal global competitions for capital expansions.

Access additional resources and provide input about employer-specific issues and opportunities through the Labour Market Group.

The Labour Market Group (LMG)

Visit LMG at 101 Worthington Street East, Suite 238



Wage Rates

The following website provides resources for job descriptions, wage rates, skill requirements, training and job opportunities based on different occupations within specific regions in Canada: Users can narrow the search to the North Bay area to determine wage rates and job descriptions in specific sectors. Additional labour market information is available through the Labour Market Group’s website.


YES Employment

Employment Service provider.


Yes Employment - provide services to help individuals find employment, return to school, and/or access training.

Get Trained Workers Program – a one-stop shop for finding trained and qualified employees