Share this:


A letter to Premier Doug Ford

April 15, 2019

Honourable Doug Ford
Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen’s Park
Toronto, ON M7A 1A1

Dear Premier Ford:


I am writing to express the support of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce for Bombardier Transportation’s plant in Thunder Bay. As Thunder Bay’s largest private sector employer, accounting for approximately 1,200 direct jobs and thousands of additional indirect jobs, Bombardier is a significant driver of the local, regional and provincial economy.

Ontario can be proud of its long-standing relationship with Bombardier whose supply chain extends well beyond Thunder Bay, providing direct economic and social benefits to citizens across the Province, including workers in Mississauga, Markham, Kingston, Vaughan, North Bay, and Toronto.

We are concerned that the current work orders at the Thunder Bay plant are nearing completion and that a long-term layoff could result in the departure of these highly sought-after skilled workers from our community and a significant negative impact on the economy.

The recent announcement of a $28.5 billion transportation vision highlights your Government’s long-term commitment to improving Ontario’s transit network. We believe that the Province could also be looking to secure BiLevel, LRV and subway vehicles to bridge current transportation gaps until long-term subway and Regional Express Rail plans are fully realized. Thunder Bay’s Bombardier plant is well-positioned to help address these short-term needs.

We welcome any help and support that you can offer to keep Thunder Bay’s Bombardier workers on the job and Bombardier suppliers across the province busy. Thank you for your consideration.

Charla Robinson

c. Hon. Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and Minister of Indigenous Affairs
Hon. Jeff Yurek, Minister of Transportation
Hon. Monte McNaughton, Minister of Infrastructure
Hon. Vic Fedeli, Minister of Finance
Hon. Todd Smith, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
Stephen Lecce, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier
Kinga Surma, Parliamentary Secretary to the Infrastructure Minister
Michael Gravelle, MPP, Thunder Bay-Superior North
Judith Monteith-Farrell, MPP, Thunder Bay-Atikokan
Thunder Bay City Council

The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce' advocacy work is made possible thanks to the generous support of our

Cornerstone Members:


All News:

We’re Moving!

Your Chamber team will be moving from our current location at 200 Syndicate Avenue S. on May 27.  Starting in June, look for us in our temporary location on the third floor of the Whalen Building while renovations to our new space are completed, or direct your post mail to our final destination on the 7th floor…

read more

Member Profile: Easter Seals

For the past 97 years, Easter Seals Ontario has been providing programs and services for children and youth with physical disabilities. Easter Seals is a non-denominational registered charitable organization that helps kids with physical disabilities from all ethnic and religious backgrounds.

read more

5 Minutes for Business: AccessAbility – The $16.8-billion GDP Boost Canadians Need

Accessibility in Canada is inadequately addressing the barriers nearly four million Canadians face. Within the next 20 years, that number is expected to soar to over nine million, but by creating a more accessible Canada, there is a potential to unlock $16.8 billion in GDP by increasing our economy’s productive capacity by 2030, according to the Conference Board of Canada. Find out more in this month’s 5 Minutes for Business.

read more

Upcoming Chamber Events

YQT: May 2019 Webinar
Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce
Charity Connect @ Shelter House
Shelter House Thunder Bay
Prosperity Northwest 2019
DaVinci Centre, Marco Polo Room
100 People Who Care – 2019 Second Quarter Meeting
Aly’s Mini Putt – as part of the June Member Social

More events >>


Share this: