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Ontario Investing in Job Training for Thunder Bay Area First Nations

Ontario is investing in job training and economic development opportunities for Indigenous people in the Thunder Bay area.

Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation David Zimmer visited Fort William First Nation to announce that the province is supporting a job training initiative for Indigenous people with SuperCom Industries LP.

This investment, made through Ontario’s Indigenous Economic Development Fund, will support the training of up to 244 members of nearby First Nations to help prepare for construction employment opportunities with the East-West Tie Transmission Project–a 230 kilovolt transmission line connecting Wawa Transmission Station to the Lakehead Transmission Station near Thunder Bay. Participants are from the six First Nations that will be affected by the project (Michipicoten, Pic Mobert, Biigtigong Nishnaabeg, Pays Plat, Red Rock and Fort William), which will help ensure the long-term reliability of electricity in Northwestern Ontario.

Successful participants will acquire trade skills that are transferable to other full-time employment opportunities, including maintenance of the transmission line once the project is complete.

Supporting economic development for Indigenous communities is one of the many steps on Ontario’s journey of healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. It reflects the government’s commitment to work with Indigenous partners, creating a better future for everyone in the province.


  • Ontario is investing more than $240,000 in SuperCom Industries LP to support job training for Indigenous people.
  • Other thunder Bay area projects will also receive economic development funding from the province, including:
    • $500,000 for Anishinabek Employment & Training Services in Thunder Bay to deliver its Personal Support Worker and Construction Craft Worker Training programs.
    • $57,746 for the Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek (BNA) First Nation Sawmill Manager Project, to ensure the BNA has a qualified manager to run sawmill operations.
    • $50,000 for the BNA First Nation to complete a feasibility study to build a government office/multi-use centre.


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