Cost of Doing Business

“The financial support of the NOHFC and the beauty of North Bay was instrumental in bringing this Naomi Watts project to Northern Ontario. We are grateful to the Government's commitment to the Film sector on all levels, to the NOHFC for financially supporting our film, and to the Economic Development Office in North Bay for their unwavering support and help facilitating an amazing production experience,” said Alex Lalonde, COO of Lakewood Producer and Stratagem Rx. “We look forward to coming back for several projects we have in the pipeline. We are also thrilled to announce that Lakewood has been accepted to TIFF and will screen in the Special Presentation Category this fall.”

Alex Lalonde,
COO of Lakewood Producer and Stratagem Rx


Relocate to North Bay and experience competitive operating advantages. North Bay City Council has reduced industrial taxes by 66% to one of the lowest levels in Ontario.

Development Charges

The purpose of Development Charges is to recover costs incurred as a result of new development by providing a mechanism for collecting funds for growth related capital costs. By passing a by-law under the Development Charges Act, the Municipality may impose a Development Charge for new development.

Industrial development charges have been eliminated by North Bay's pro-active business City Council and a 20 year commercial tax reduction strategy has been implemented.

For more information and rates, please review the Development Charges section of the City of North Bay’s website. 

Business Development Process

To expedite the development process, the City of North Bay has created the Development Application Review Team (DART). The DART meets bi-weekly to reviewof all development applications, including Site Plan Control Agreements, Committee of Adjustment Applications, Official Plan Amendments, Rezoning, Subdivision and Condominium Applications in a planned and coordinated approach. The Committee also meets with applicants, as necessary, to review new proposals and to receive clarification on and discuss development applications.

DART is made up of representatives from all internal City departments and many external agencies that would normally comment on proposals as part of the approval process. Representatives from the local Conservation Authority, North Bay Hydro and the Ministry of Transportation routinely sit at the table with City staff to review proposals.

The Chair of the DART presents the site plan, or the proponent or his/her agent are welcome to do this in person if so desired. The Chair provides the group with all of the background and tertiary information regarding the proposal and distributes the necessary site plans and accompanying studies where required. An open discussion under the terms of the strictest confidentiality follows. 

Development Handbook

A guide to land use and development in the City of North Bay