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1 Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry Prepared By: Northern Development Division Welcome to Northern Ontario!

2 2 Geography Population Aboriginal Population Francophone Population Labour Force Characteristics Unemployment Education Transportation Industrial Structure Manufacturing in Northern Ontario Incentives for Northern Ontario Agenda

3 3 Ontarios North Northern Ontario covers over 800,000 square kilometres, representing close to 90% of the provincial land mass Northern Ontario borders Quebec, Manitoba, Minnesota, Michigan, Hudson Bay and James Bay

4 4 Northern Ontarios population is approximately 786,000, representing over 6% of the provincial population Population density of approximately 1 person per km 2 in Northern Ontario, versus 109 people per km 2 in Southern Ontario 56% of Northern Ontarios population resides in 5 major centres (Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, North Bay, and Timmins) Northern Ontarios rural population represents 35% of the total northern population. In Southern Ontario, only 11% of the population lives in rural areas Population - General Source: 2006 Census

5 5 12.5% of the Norths population is Aboriginal (up from 10% in 2001) 40.4% of Ontarios Aboriginal population resides in the North 29% of Ontarios Aboriginal population is under 15 years of age Aboriginal Population Source: 2006 Census

6 6 Approximately 24% of the provinces Francophone population resides in the North, representing close to 18% of the northern population Northeastern Ontario has the highest concentration of Francophones; Francophones represent 22% of the Northeasts population while less than 2% in Northwestern Ontario Francophone Population Source: Office of Francophone Affairs

7 7 Total Labour Force: 387,700 Labour Force – Employed: 355,100 Employment in the North had increased by almost 6% over the period from 1997 to 2008 and then in 2009, it decreased by close to 5% over a one year period. Employment increased by over 3,000 workers between 2009 and Labour Force Characteristics Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey

8 8 The unemployment rate for Northern Ontario in 2010 is lower than the provincial rate - 8.4% in Northern Ontario (up from 6.6% in 2008) compared to 8.7% for Ontario Historically, the unemployment rate in the North has been on average 2% higher than the ProvinceUnemployment Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey

9 9 Universities – 4; Community Colleges - 6 Approximately 39,000 post-secondary students As a proportion of Northern Ontarios population 25 years to 64 years: –81% have a Secondary School Diploma –38% have a Trade Certificate or College Diploma –17% have a University Degree Education Status Source: 2001 and 2006 Census

10 10 Approximately 45,000 kilometres of all-season roads in Northern Ontario, including: –11,000 kilometres of highway network – 4,400 kilometres of local roads –30,000 kilometres of forest access roads (est.) 3,024 kilometres of winter roads to 31 remote northern First Nation communitiesTransportation

11 11 Northern Ontarios rail network consists of 7,000 kilometres of rail lines 63 municipal and remote airports across the North 2 marine ports in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system, Port of Thunder Bay and Port of Sault Ste Marie, serving 3,700 kilometres of waterway Four main Canada-USA border crossings in Northern Ontario Transportation cont

12 12 There are 41,862 established business locations in Northern Ontario, with over 83% hiring less than 10 employees Approximately 5,390 retail establishments Only 0.5% of businesses have 200 employees or more and are concentrated in education institutions, hospitals, mining companies, manufacturing companies, and government There are about 150 businesses that support activities within the forestry sector, 190 businesses that support activities in the mining sector Business and Industry Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Business Patterns 2010

13 13 Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey Mining and forestry accounted for 5.5% of the Norths total employment in 2009 (down from 6.5% in 2008), compared to only 0.5% for Ontario. Northern Ontario is more reliant on public sector employment, including public administration, education and health care sectors, accounting for 32.5% of the Norths total employment in 2009, compared to 23.5% for the province. Industrial Structure - % of Total Employment (2009)

14 14 Examples of Large Employers in Northern Ontario Employees (approx) LocationMining Vale INCO5,300Greater Sudbury Xstrata PLC2,000Greater Sudbury Dumas Contracting1,100Timmins ICT and Business Services Teletech Holdings850Greater Sudbury Sutherland Group435Sault Ste. Marie Teleperformance400Thunder Bay MCCI350Thunder Bay Advanced Manufacturing Essar Steel Algoma Inc.3,300Sault Ste. Marie Bombardier Transportation650Thunder Bay Forestry Buchanan Group Northern Wood610Thunder Bay Abitibi Bowater500Thunder Bay St. Marys Paper Limited400Sault Ste. Marie Health Care Sudbury Regional Hospital3,200Greater Sudbury Thunder Bay Health Services Centre2,500Thunder Bay St. Josephs Care Group1,700Thunder Bay *List only includes companies from Greater Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Timmins and Sault Ste. Marie and does not include grocery or retail businesses

15 15 In 2008, the value of Ontarios forestry sector was almost $14 billion The value of Ontarios forest products exports (95% bound for the U.S.) was $4 billion in 2009 –Forest products industry in Ontario employed 54,200 people in 2009 (down from 64,300 in 2007, 82,800 in 2000): 4,300 in forestry & logging (includes support activities) –25,600 in wood product manufacturing –24,300 in paper manufacturing Support activities for the forest industry employed 4,500 people in 2009 Of the total people employed in the forestry industry in Ontario, approximately 13,000 are located in the North Forest Products Sector Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey Extract

16 16 The forest products industry in Northern Ontario is continuously adapting to maintain its competitive position in the global marketplace Companies are looking toward value-added products such as engineered wood, renewable fuels and chemicals, speciality papers, and pre-fabricated buildings and components Ontarios forests also offer significant opportunities for green/alternative energy and biofuels, biomass, and wood pellets Value-Added Forestry

17 17 Ontario mining generates more than $1 billion in labour income annually; mining in Northern Ontario employs approximately 13,000 people, with an additional 2,500 (estimate) employed in exploration activities An estimated 500 mining equipment and supply companies are located in Northern Ontario In 2009, Ontario produced approximately $6.33 billion worth of minerals (about 60% metallic and 40% non-metallic minerals) In 2009, a total of $469 million was spent on mineral exploration and deposit appraisal in Ontario (down from a record of $799 million in 2008). Forecasts for 2010 exploration and deposit appraisal expenditures are estimated to reach $608 million Ring of Fire –~$2.5 billion in total capital in the first phase of development –3280 permanent jobs (first phase) Mining Sector

18 18 There are an estimated 500 mining service and supply (MSS) companies located in Northern Ontario supplying mining services and advanced equipment to hundreds of exploration and development projects in dozens of countries Northern Ontario's is a world leader in mine automation and rehabilitation, with cutting edge companies supplying the latest methods, technologies, and equipment to global markets In recent years there has been an emergence of higher technology services supplied and developed by numerous companies located in Northern Ontario. These services include: –robotic control systems; –underground communication systems; –3D surveying; and –fragmentation analysis The MSS Sector has a value of $5.6 billion per year in Northern Ontario and employs 23,000 people Other projects of note: –India/Ontario Joint Working Group –Diamond supply chain Mining Supplies and Services

19 19 Approximately 1,258 manufacturing firms operate in Northern Ontario involved in wood or paper products Employs over 24,000 workers and produce a broad range of products –From fire extinguishers to disc drives, avionics systems to computerized diamond drills, scheduling software to aluminum and steel subway cars, etc. Manufacturing Sector Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Business Patterns 2010, Labour Force Survey 2009

20 20 Northern Ontario's telecommunications infrastructure and industry (including secondary services such as Internet service providers, call centres, Website developers, and on-line businesses) has grown dramatically The North has attracted a sizeable contact centre community due to robust telecom infrastructure available throughout the region. There are many factors that attract call centres to this vibrant region, including: –low communications costs –available educated workforce –large bilingual population –available and affordable commercial space –excellent quality of life ICT and Business Services Sector

21 21 Incentives for Northern Ontario Incentives for Northern Ontario Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Financial assistance to stimulate job creation and economic growth in Northern Ontario Contribution of 50% match, up to $1 million in the form of combination grants and loans, to offset capital start-up costsFednor Promotes economic development, diversification and job creation in Northern Ontario Assists companies by: –Enhancing telecommunication infrastructure and networks –ICT technology applications –Building high-speed data linkages Government Support – Capital and Infrastructure

22 22 Thank You!

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