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1 Welcome to Northern Ontario!
Prepared By: Northern Development Division

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

3 Ontario’s 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 3

4 Population - General Northern Ontario’s population is approximately 786,000, representing over 6% of the provincial population Population density of approximately 1 person per km2 in Northern Ontario, versus 109 people per km2 in Southern Ontario 56% of Northern Ontario’s population resides in 5 major centres (Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, North Bay, and Timmins) Northern Ontario’s rural population represents 35% of the total northern population. In Southern Ontario, only 11% of the population lives in rural areas Source: 2006 Census 4

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

6 Francophone Population
Approximately 24% of the province’s 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 Northeast’s population while less than 2% in Northwestern Ontario Source: Office of Francophone Affairs 6

7 Labour Force Characteristics - 2009
Total Labour Force: ,700 Labour Force – Employed: ,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 2010. Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey 7

8 Unemployment 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 Province Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey 8

9 Education Status Universities – 4; Community Colleges - 6
Approximately 39,000 post-secondary students As a proportion of Northern Ontario’s 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 Source: 2001 and 2006 Census 9

10 Transportation 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 communities 10

11 Transportation cont Northern Ontario’s 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 11

12 Business and Industry 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 Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Business Patterns 2010 12

13 Industrial Structure - % of Total Employment (2009)
Many northern communities remain reliant on primary industry sectors such as mining and forestry. These sectors accounted for 5.8% of the North’s total employment in 2007, compared to only 0.5% for the Province. Northern Ontario has more reliance on public sector employment, including public administration, education and health care sectors, accounting for 29% of the North’s total employment in 2007, compared to 22.3% for the province. Mining and forestry accounted for 5.5% of the North’s 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 North’s total employment in 2009, compared to 23.5% for the province. Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey 13

14 Examples of Large Employers in Northern Ontario
Employees (approx) Location Mining Vale INCO 5,300 Greater Sudbury Xstrata PLC 2,000 Dumas Contracting 1,100 Timmins ICT and Business Services Teletech Holdings 850 Sutherland Group 435 Sault Ste. Marie Teleperformance 400 Thunder Bay MCCI 350 Advanced Manufacturing Essar Steel Algoma Inc. 3,300 Bombardier Transportation 650 Forestry Buchanan Group Northern Wood 610 Abitibi Bowater 500 St. Mary’s Paper Limited Health Care Sudbury Regional Hospital 3,200 Thunder Bay Health Services Centre 2,500 St. Joseph’s Care Group 1,700 *List only includes companies from Greater Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Timmins and Sault Ste. Marie and does not include grocery or retail businesses 14

15 Forest Products Sector
In 2008, the value of Ontario’s forestry sector was almost $14 billion The value of Ontario’s 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 Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey Extract 15

16 Value-Added Forestry 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 Ontario’s forests also offer significant opportunities for green/alternative energy and biofuels, biomass, and wood pellets 16

17 Mining Sector 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 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) 17

18 Mining Supplies and Services
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 18

19 Manufacturing Sector 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. Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Business Patterns 2010, Labour Force Survey 2009 19

20 ICT and Business Services Sector
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 20

21 Incentives for Northern Ontario
Government Support – Capital and Infrastructure 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 costs Fednor 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 21

22 Thank You! 22


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