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While 6% of the region's employment is reliant on primary industries such as mining and forestry, the balance is comprised of a diverse private and public sector mix. 

Northern Ontario has a strong bilingual workforce.  The people are hard working, cooperative and loyal; absenteeism and turnover are low and labour/management relations are excellent. The people of the area are committed to staying here and that makes for employees who are dedicated to making business work. 

Northern Ontario is home to a variety of educational institutions and training facilities that support our workforce, including Technical Colleges, Universities and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. There are also several private training institutions dedicated to educating the community.  The spectrum of customized training opportunities available to meet the changing needs of industry is diverse, as are the opportunities they create.


 All five major centres have post-secondary institutions, both public and private technical colleges and universities. They play a pro-active role in the ongoing development of the skill sets needed in our workforce to help our companies maintain a competitive advantage in our global economy.

Northern Ontario is home to 4 Universities and 6 Colleges that are publicly funded and offering a wide range of study options. The standard of education in Northern Ontario is exceptionally high. Northern Ontario Universities and Colleges are well known for strong leadership and commitment to student needs.

Algoma University
Officially declared independent from Laurentian University in 2008, Algoma is Ontario's newest university. Located in Sault Ste. Marie, Algoma University is home to over 1,200 full and part-time students.

Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology
Cambrian College's main campus is in Sudbury, with two other campuses located in Espanola and Little Current. Over 4,400 full-time students are registered, as well as another 8,000 part-time registrations per year.

Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology
Canadore College's main campus is in North Bay, with three other campuses located in Sturgeon Falls, Mattawa, and Parry Sound. Approximately 6,000 full and part-time students attend annually.

College Boreal
College Boreal, offering education in French and English, has seven campuses, with the main campus found in Sudbury. Additional campuses include locations in Hearst, Kapuskasing, New Liskeard, Nipissing, Timmins, and Toronto, and other service points can be found in various northern communities.

Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology
Confederation College is located in Thunder Bay, with six regional campuses in Dryden, Fort Frances, Geraldton, Kenora, Marathon, and Sioux Lookout. Approximately 4,000 full-time students and 8,000 part-time students register annually.

Northern College of Applied Arts and Technology
Northern College has four campuses, located in Timmins, Moosonee, Haileybury, and Kirkland Lake, and services over 65 communities in the region. Northern College educates approximately 1,500 full-time and 9,000 part-time students.

Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology
Located in Sault Ste. Marie, Sault College services over 9,000 full and part-time students.

Lakehead University
Lakehead University is located in Thunder Bay, with an additional campus in Orillia. Approximately 7,400 full and part-time students attend.

Laurentian University
Laurentian University, located in Sudbury, has over 6,000 full-time and 2,500 part-time students attending annually.

Nipissing University
With additional campuses in Bracebridge and Brantford, North Bay's Nipissing University services over 3,500 full-time and ,1000 part-time students.
NOSM is a pioneering faculty of medicine.  A medical school for the whole of Northern Ontario, the School is a joint initiative of Lakehead University and Laurentian University with main campuses in Thunder Bay and Sudbury, and multiple teaching and research sites distributed across Northern Ontario.  By educating skilled physicians and undertaking health research suited to community needs, NOSM will become a cornerstone of community health care and contribute to improving the health of people in Northern Ontario.
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