The community offers opportunities for a mixed set of skills in forestry and mining, small business ownership in the retail, transportation, accommodations and food services sectors, and professionals in health care, finance and public administration.
Working in the forest is one of the options open to Ignace residents. A state-of-the-art sawmill is currently shutdown – a consequence of global economics and poor markets for wood products. However there are high expectations that wood pellet manufacturing facilities will be established in Ignace.
Mining skills have also been open to Ignace residents in the past and here too the horizon is bright with mineral exploration in the area identifying a number of opportunities for development during the decade ahead.
Ignace entrepreneurs have maintained the town’s capacity to meet the supply and service needs of heavy industry and manufacturing sectors.
|The forest industry is portrayed on the exterior of an Ignace business, the Northwoods Motor Inn.|
The tourism sector continues to grow and stimulate the local economy. There are over 50 tourist operations in the area, ranging from fly-in fishing and hunting outposts to local outfitters who are exploring new options for ecotourism such as winter dog sledding and snowshoeing.
Canoeing in the surrounding boreal forest takes visitors to the travel routes of early explorers such as the Turtle River Waterway south of Ignace and the English River system to the north.