Ontario Newsroom

Ontario Invests $1 Million in Trades Training Facility in Thunder Bay

Archived Bulletin

Ontario Invests $1 Million in Trades Training Facility in Thunder Bay

Province Supporting Enhanced Skills Development in the North

Ontario is helping build a stronger, more highly skilled construction workforce in the North.

The province is investing $1 million through its Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to relocate the Carpenters' Local 1669 Training Centre to the Innova Business Park in Thunder Bay and construct a state-of-the-art training facility.

The new building will have two classrooms, an open workshop space as well as common areas and offices. It will also offer a modern, updated skills curriculum and courses with specialized equipment. The facility will help meet the demand for skilled tradespeople and construction trades training, connecting workers with good jobs and growing the Northern economy.

Investing in training and skills development is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

Quick Facts

  • In the Thunder Bay area, the NOHFC has invested more than $62 million in 496 projects that have helped generate or retain 1,544 jobs since 2013.
  • Since 2013, the NOHFC has made total investments of more than $406 million across northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.2 billion in direct economic activity and helping to create or sustain almost 9,200 jobs.
  • The NOHFC’s investments in skilled-trades training are an important part of Ontario’s Growth Plan for Northern Ontario [pdf].
  • The NOHFC works to build strong, prosperous northern communities through unique programs such as the Strategic Economic Infrastructure Program.

Additional Resources


“It is imperative that our province and the trades industry have a properly trained, highly skilled, modern workforce from which to draw upon. By supporting projects such as the construction of the Carpenters’ Local 1669’s new training facility in Thunder Bay, we are achieving that goal while helping retain highly skilled workers in the northwest.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of the NOHFC

“I am pleased about our province’s commitment to ensuring that employers have access to the skilled labour force needed for economic growth and prosperity. Having up-to-date infrastructure and equipment is critical for attracting and training our future carpenters. I commend Carpenters’ Local 1669 on its vision to build a training centre and commitment to support the training needs of its members.”

Bill Mauro

MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan

“The Carpenters’ Local 1669 Training Centre is committed to investing in construction trades training and having a highly-skilled workforce here in the northwest. We thank the province and the NOHFC for sharing in this vision. Projects completed safely, injury free, on time and on budget will benefit all and strengthen northwestern Ontario’s economy and construction industry.”

Wayne Sohlman

President, Carpenters’ Local 1669

Media Contacts



Education and Training Jobs and Employment Rural and North