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Upcoming Events

Date: January 25, 2020 11:00 am

Wasi XC Ski Club - Guided Snowshoe Hike

Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 11 am.  Bring your lunch and a hot beverage and enjoy a hike to the warm up hut. For more information contact Kerry at 705-752-4215.

Date: January 25, 2020 6:00 pm

Ladies Night Ski and Social

Saturday, January 25, 2020 – 6 pm to 11 pm. See the poster for more details and to get tickets.

Date: January 26, 2020 1:00 pm

2019/2020 Battalion Hockey afternoon game - note time change

OHL’s North Bay Battalion Home Game – please note the start time of today’s game @ 1 pm – for tickets click HERE.


Date: January 28, 2020 7:30 pm

Hyprov (Colin Mochrie & Asad Mecci)

At the Capitol Centre!  Check out their website for more information.

Date: January 29, 2020 12:00 pm

TBC Lunch+Learn - Doing Business on a First Nations Reserve

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 12 noon to 1 pm at The Business Centre Nipissing Parry Sound office – City Hall 6th floor boardroom.

Please register in advance by calling Vince at 705-474-0400 ext 2528 or e…

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 12 noon to 1 pm at The Business Centre Nipissing Parry Sound office – City Hall 6th floor boardroom.

Please register in advance by calling Vince at 705-474-0400 ext 2528 or email

For the poster – click HERE


Some great information for those on the Chambers Group Plan – Teladoc – a virtual care solution for non-urgent family health issues; and Benefit Check for those seeking a doctor, the Group Plan now has a database of Canadian doctors and surgeons, by specialty, location, and even gender.


Maggie Daniel – Nipissing University

Read more.

Happy New Year. We recognize that the RNIP for North Bay and district was to start January 1, 2020; however, we are still a few weeks away from starting the program. Once the Memorandum of Understanding is signed with IRCC, we will send out requests to candidates that are currently in our region and already working for employers, that meet all the requirements set out by IRCC and the Community.

Please be patient with the process, this is a five-year program. No phone calls will be accepted at this time.  To ensure you are on the list to receive updates, please email

Monday, December 23, 2019  – 9 am to 4 pm
Tuesday, December 24, 2019 – 9 am to 12 pm
Wednesday, December 25, 2019 through
to Wednesday,  January 1, 2020 – CLOSED
Starting Thursday, January 2, 2020 – back to regular hours of
9 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday

If there is anything of an urgent nature during the holidays when the office is closed (for any of the agencies at 205 Main Street East, North Bay) please email Patti at or call her cell phone at 705-498-8181.

CLICK HERE to email Patti now!  Due to the volume of interest – please do NOT call, Whats App, or text.  I need to keep track of interest through email only!



Another fantastic week of weather and a very successful, North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament has come and gone.  The weather couldn’t have been better and the support from the community, always amazes everyone that participates.  Osprey Links was in great shape for the tournament and we even managed to get Jeff Rogerson out on the golf course for one of his rare rounds of golf.  Thanks to Jeff and his entire staff for a great day.

The golf tournament is utilized as a fundraiser for the North Bay and Area Community Foundation and the proceeds from this event are donated to the Foundation to help in the great work that they do in our area.  As is the case with most of the charity golf tournaments held, it would not be possible to hold these events, if not for the generous participation of so many individuals that continue to support these worthwhile events through out the year.

A huge thank you goes out to Steve Deacon of Deacon Wealth Management, our major sponsor for the event, along with the many other charitable causes that Steve and DWM supports, in our community.    Many thanks to our additional sponsors Kennedy Insurance Brokers, Canadore College, Cooper Equipment Rentals, KIA North Bay, Buchner Manufacturing, Caisse Alliance, BDO, Union Gas, Grant Thornton, HGS, Skaters Edge, Rebuilt Resources, Hock Exchange Canada, Digsafe Contracting and Osprey Links Golf Course.  Many thanks to Buzzmasters and RFP Media for capturing the on-course shots of our tournament.

As can be seen by the many sponsors, we could not hold this event without their generous support.  We were also pleased to host curling icon, Kevin Martin and Sportsnet, who were in town to promote the upcoming Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling event, which will take place October 22-27 at Memorial Gardens.  Martin who was named Canada’s best male curler in a recent poll by TSN, had praise for the event and the organizing committee, that will once again host a major curling event in our City.  Having Kevin at our tournament was a bonus for all that participated, as he spent the entire day meeting the golfers and volunteers.  He is a great ambassador for curling and a true gentleman.  Start planning to attend the Pinty’s Grand Slam event later this fall.

Peter Chirico is the President & CEO of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.

What a great week last week was, for North Bay and area, leading into the Canada Day weekend that hopefully everyone enjoyed.  Nearly one hundred million dollars in investments announced and jobs, jobs, and more jobs.  It was great to have Minister Fedeli in the riding to complete some long-awaited projects in our riding and couldn’t have been possible without his support and diligence to get these projects moving, after years of negotiation and bureaucratic red tape.

Cassellholme is finally being redeveloped and as well the addition of new long-term care beds for both the area and our indigenous community.  This has been long awaited and will assist in providing spaces for our seniors that have been on waiting lists for many years.  Our entire community will benefit from the redevelopment of Cassellholme and this should help alleviate the overcrowding in our hospital due to the shortage of long-term care beds.  The project should be in the ground shortly and will provide an economic boost to our area, given the fifty-five-million-dollar project price tag.

Both Jamie Lowery, his entire team and Board of Cassellholme should be very pleased that the years of work have finally culminated in the start of this project.  The addition of a sixteen-bed provincial indigenous long-term care beds plus two twelve bed dementia care units will serve both populations well and reflect the needs of our community for the future.  Health care will no doubt continue to be a priority across our Province, and it is refreshing to see some innovative, inclusive and new approaches to how we care for our seniors, no matter what their heritage may be.

Funding continued to be major news for this area with the announcement by Minister Fedeli in Powassan, of an additional twelve-million dollars for the film industry.  NOHFC funding for a variety of projects that continue to generate hundreds of jobs and economic spin off to many of our businesses in our district.  Last year alone, in excess of twenty million dollars was spent in this area and with continued support from the Provincial government, it appears this trend will continue.

Canadore College was also making headlines last week, with new partnerships announced in a sector that is not usually associated with Canadore and our area.  The announcement of two major projects in the agricultural sector will provide education and training together with jobs and investment by two new manufacturing companies joining with Canadore and the Village.  Growratio Inc. and Enerdynamic Hybrid Technologies announced the partnership with Canadore that will see approximately one hundred and fifty new jobs once fully operational.  These jobs and new construction of over one hundred and fifty thousand square ft. in three facilities, are another great announcement for George Burton and his entire team.  Congratulations and welcome to North Bay.

Peter Chirico is the President & CEO of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.



The past two week’s have been a flurry of activity at the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.  Bay Days, Armed Forces Day, MP Anthony Rota announcing the Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot Program and last Tuesday, Provincial Minister of Economic Development Job Creation and Trade, Todd Smith announcing the expansion of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program for trucking and personal support workers.  The latter two being announcements that are of importance to North Bay and District.

Many of our Northern Communities have seen a consistent trend of population decline for a variety of reasons over the past decade or so.  Declining birthrates, lengthy recession in resource-based industries, youth out migration and a multitude of other factors continue to plague Northern Ontario and many other rural areas across Canada, when it comes to population.  It is no secret that residents of many of these communities are stretched with respect to increases in property taxes however are reluctant and usually vocal, when it comes to cuts or reductions in service levels.

Immigration is one of the ways that these regions can look to bolster their populations, grow the economies of our communities and help reduce the impact of rising taxes.  The more taxpayers and businesses that we can attract to our area will result in economic growth and stability for our future.  We are a community that has been an immigration settlement area for the past 150 years and much of our population is only one or two generations removed from arriving as immigrants themselves.  As Northern Ontario grew in the latter part of the 1800’s and through to the 1950-60’s, many of our relatives came here to seek a better life, work and make this area home.

The new pilot program will roll out soon and there has been no shortage of inquiries by local and regional businesses that are interested in welcoming qualified immigrants.  After months and sometimes years of trying to attract trained and qualified employees in many fields, the announcements may possibly assist in helping businesses grow.  Details on the programs will be rolled out this Fall of 2019, but we do know that it will be a three to five-year pilot and approximately 250 individuals and families will, be eligible.   Permanent employment with an eligible business or confirmed equity/investment are expected to make up the pre-qualifications.

One of the most important details of the program that it seems has been missed by some, is that the assistance being offered under this program for expedited visa or permanent residency for an employee, and the position cannot or has not been able to be filled by a resident of Canada.  The common misconception which some social media postings have alluded to, is that of intolerance to the idea of immigration, to fill some of our labour market challenges.  If we are to succeed and grow as an area, we must embrace and welcome new Canadians because if we look closely enough, many of our parents and grandparents were also welcomed here, not so many years ago.

Peter Chirico is the President & CEO of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.