THUNDER BAY – The Northwestern Ontario Immigration Portal was first launched in 2010. Today, at the Thunder Bay Multicultural Association Immigration Forum, a new and completely re-deigned portal was unveiled. The new portal is designed to focus on connecting newcomers to Northwestern Ontario with the economic opportunities in the region.
Rebecca Johnson stated, “People in Canada and abroad do not know about the wealth of opportunities in Northwestern Ontario. These new regional tools allow people to research and connect directly with job, employer and business opportunities through one central platform.”
Cathy Woodbeck, the Executive Director for TBMA commented, “Since the portal’s go-live, we have received many inquiries from newcomers, and they always ask us, what and where are the opportunities in your area for me and my family.”
“It is an opportunity to bring the world to Northwestern Ontario, and take Northwestern Ontario to the world”, shared Rebecca Johnson.
The new portal focuses on those needs. Thunder Bay, Red Lake and Terrace Bay have all benefited from the Immigration Portal.
There are lots of very positive tools, and a re-designed map on the site that let people use the site to find the information that they need.
Spokespersons from across the region shared how the impact of the portal can benefit all the communities in the Northwest.
From Red Lake the concern is the mining can drop down in the economy, but through other growth and opportunities for networking there is the potential for growth.
Dryden is facing a definite boom in mining. And reaching out to bring in the people who will move to the community will help fuel the boom.
“There have been over even thousand serious inquires since the portal was launched,” concluded Cathy Woodbeck.