North Bay is one of the most economically diverse communities in Northern Ontario. A large percentage of employment is in health care, education, government and military. North Bay is home to Nipissing University and Canadore College, which together enrol approximately 7,000 full-time students each year.
North Bay is the site of the Canadian Forces Base (CFB) 22 Wing. It is a North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Control Centre. Today CFB North Bay employs approximately 500 people.
The service, transportation, and tourism industries are also significant contributors to the community’s economy.
The completed $25 million 56,000 square foot Learning Library, and a $12.5 million Media Centre both had thier grand opening on June 25, 2011. The 720-acre structure will be shared by the campus of Nipissing University and Canadore College. The joint campus also boasts the recent completion of a state-of-the-art 18,000 square foot Science Research Complex.
The new state-of-the-art North Bay Regional Health Centre opened to the public in January 2011 and is the first facility of its kind in Canada to co-locate an actute care hospital with a specialized mental health centre.