Major Sectors

Northwestern Ontario is undergoing a major transformation, with strong growth in key sectors of the economy. This is a creative, innovative and dynamic region with internationally recognized talents in major sectors like forestry, mining and manufacturing.

The region also has a proud and independent northern character that is reflected in its ability  to generate new ideas and to diversify when necessary. Today, growth is being driven by diversification into new knowledge-based sectors, innovation in traditional industries and new discoveries.

A strategic location in the heart of Canada is also helping the region to develop as an important natural resource, service and transportation centre. Some of Northwestern Ontario's major sectors include:

  • Business, professional and financial services
  • Forestry
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Public Service - public administration, education and healthcare
  • Retail
  • Tourism
  • Transportation