Creating Jobs, Strengthening Health Care in Northern Ontario

Premier Kathleen Wynne visited the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute today, where she announced that the government will help it expand its patient-centred health care research and create 29 new jobs.

The province is providing more than $4 million in support to the institute through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). The institute is an independent, not-for-profit research corporation that develops technology to detect and treat diseases such as cancer. The province's support will help it fund research projects, buy equipment used for early detection and cancer treatment, and ultimately improve patient care. 

Ontario's support is helping to make Thunder Bay a centre for advanced medical research and improving health care for people in the region.

Supporting health care and job creation in the North is part of the government's comprehensive plan for a strong Ontario that builds people's talent and skills, builds a more dynamic business environment, builds new infrastructure and builds a more secure retirement for Ontarians.


Our government is committed to making smart investments to improve health care and create jobs in Northern Ontario. I am pleased that this support will help the institute perform cutting-edge research that will improve health care while creating 29 high-skilled jobs in the region.

Kathleen Wynne

Premier of Ontario

By continuing to invest in this remarkable facility – one that has already advanced a diversified economy in Thunder Bay – our government is enhancing state-of-the-art health care research in the region. It is also providing students with the most relevant training possible. Incredibly important work is taking place at TBRRI, as the Institute conducts ground-breaking research into the early detection and treatment of diseases such as cancer.

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of the NOHFC

The Regional Research Institute continues to conduct important research, create good jobs and offer educational and training opportunities for students in our area. I am very pleased that the NOHFC could support these projects, which will help improve health care in the Northwest.

Bill Mauro

MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan

Premier Wynne’s funding announcement today will greatly improve both patient care and research in Northwestern Ontario. This new investment reaffirms our strong partnership with the provincial government and the NOHFC, which is vital to the success of our growing research program.

Dr. Roxanne Deslauriers

Acting CEO of the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute and Vice President of Research at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

Quick Facts

  • Since 2003, the NOHFC has committed $930 million to 6,055 projects, helping create or sustain more than 23,400 jobs across the North.
  • In 2011 and 2013, the NOHFC provided a total of $4.9 million in support to the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute (TBRRI).
  • TBRRI’s clinical tests will give patients in the northwest access for the first time to early-stage trials of imaging and diagnostics technology used to detect and treat diseases.