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Thunder Bay has an outstanding reputation for education, be it elementary, secondary, post-secondary or vocational level. Every student is provided with equal opportunities to learn thanks to the many education choices and innovative programming options available throughout the city.

Elementary and Secondary Schools

In total, Thunder Bay has 38 elementary schools, three senior elementary schools and eight secondary schools. The majority of elementary and secondary education services are delivered by three local School Boards:

Use the links to the School Boards’ websites for complete school listings and contact information.

Private Schools

There are only a small number of students who attend private schools in Thunder Bay. The city’s two private schools are:


Innovative and exciting lifelong learning opportunities are provided in a variety of postsecondary and vocational settings to support adults to reach their career ambitions.

Postsecondary facilities in Thunder Bay are world-class and include: Lakehead University, Confederation College and the renowned Northern Ontario School of Medicine, which received accreditation in 2004. The Lakehead University campus shares its medical school with Laurentian University in Sudbury. It is intended to meet the growing health care needs of all communities in Northern Ontario.

Find more information about Thunder Bay’s Colleges and Universities.

Adult Education

The Lakehead Adult Education Centre offers a range of high school credits as well as English as a Second Language (ESL) programs for new Canadian residents.

In addition, several for-profit institutions provide vocational adult education programming to people living in Thunder Bay including:

Alternative Education

For those who want to stay in the home while taking government approved courses, two online education institutions are available:

The LINC Home Study English program is also offered online via the Thunder Bay Multicultural Association and is for newcomers to Canada who wish to improve their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English.

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