Fort William First Nation and the City of Thunder Bay

Fort William and Thunder Bay

CEDI members from both communities, along with federal and
provincial funders, on a site visit of Fort William industrial lands.


Unique Features of this Partnership

This partnership is unique as it involves the Fort William First Nation and City of Thunder Bay councils, along with each community’s economic development corporation. These partners will participate in CEDI between 2016-2019.

Areas of Collaboration – Joint CED Themes

  • Collaborating on Economic Development and Land Use Planning; with a focus on Fort William First Nation industrial lands

  • Leveraging partnership as investor attraction in joint applications and bids

  • Strengthening the partnership building on a 2011 Declaration of Commitment



  • Engaged federal and provincial funders for support in developing Fort William industrial lands

  • Submitted a joint bid for Noront ferrochrome smelter

  • Submitted joint application to the Smart Cities Challenge

  • John Mason (Thunder Bay) and Mike Pelletier (Fort William) presented their CEDI project: FWFN Industrial Land partnership at 25th Annual Cando Conference in Enoch, AB - October 25, 2019

  • John Mason (Thunder Bay) and Mike Pelletier (Fort William) to speak at the Ontario Joint Gathering, Toronto, May 14, regarding their CEDI project: FWFN Industrial Land partnership

    Download Joint Gathering Agenda!


In the Media:


Why Work Together?

"We are confident that our common goals for local economic development will foster benefits that extend to many other aspects of community building, and will help us explore ways to strengthen our communities even more." 

- Chief Peter Collins, Fort William First Nation

"We are thrilled to participate in this important initiative with Fort William First Nation ... We have recognized for years that working together to address our economic challenges will strengthen our relationship and the regional economy, and move our communities forward." 

- Mayor of Thunder Bay, Keith Hobbs


Next Steps

This partnership is currently in Stage D: Act of the Stronger Together process, working to develop and implement their economic development initiatives. Their areas of interest for the coming year, include:

  • Conducting a needs assessment and design for the Fort William industrial park

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For More

Marissa Lawrence
Senior Program Officer, Cando
T: (778) 628 2180

Tanya Tourangeau
CEDI Program Coordinator, Cando
T: (780) 990–0303

Helen Patterson
CEDI Program Manager
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
T. 613-907-6320

Joshua Regnier
CEDI Project Officer
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
T. 613-907-6355