THUNDER BAY – Following the announcement of significant pending job losses at the local Bombardier plant, the City will continue to do everything within its power to support residents and maintain the economic stability of Thunder Bay and the region.
“We have been talking to everybody who is relevant to this situation and working hard for some time,” said Mayor Bill Mauro. “We would like to see all parties work together to come to an agreement that would see jobs remain at the Thunder Bay plant.”
“Our work, since being elected, was to ensure everyone connected to the Bombardier file was aware of the contracts coming to an end. We now will transition to doing everything we can to ensure the long-term viability of the plant.”
Bombardier is the largest private-sector employer in Thunder Bay and plays an important role in both the community and economy.
“It is a very difficult day for Bombardier employees and their families,” added Mayor Mauro. “The City will do everything it can to support the plant and the workers. I talked with Minister of Transportation Mulroney this afternoon. I underscored the importance of our plant to be positioned to bid on future contracts and that a Canadian Content policy is fundamental to any future success we can achieve.”
“The City recognizes the gravity of the situation and its impact on citizens,” said City Manager Norm Gale. “Thunder Bay has always proven to be a resilient city and we will continue to address the needs of our community.”
While all efforts are being made to address the job losses, the City continues to work on growing and diversify its economy through the Community Economic Development Commission.
The City, through the Mayor’s Office and Inter-Governmental Affairs Committee, will continue to work with all levels of Government regarding the future of the Bombardier plant in Thunder Bay.