Many of the 720 residents of O’Connor are employed in the City of Thunder Bay or nearby.They consider a 30-minute drive to be a good trade for the peace and safety of country living. They enjoy large lots, lower property taxes and affordable homes that leave room in family budgets for luxury purchases, travel and their children’s education funds. There is much demand for property in O’Connor and, while homes do become available, they sell fast. Those interested in relocating to the area should consult with real estate agents in Thunder Bay or call the Township Office for assistance.
The Township provides a number of services for residents, including a monthly newsletter which communicates municipal information, community news and local advertising. A landfill site which is open twice weekly accepts household waste and recyclables. 67.5 kilometres of roads are cleared of snow in the winter months and maintained in good repair year-round.An agreement between the Township of O’Connor and the nearby Municipality of Oliver Paipoonge gives O’Connor residents the use of two lending and resource libraries.The equipment for a volunteer Fire team and a volunteer First Response team are maintained by theTownship. The municipal government contracts with the Ontario Provincial Police for policing services and is pleased to report that O’Connor has the lowest crime rate in the area.
In addition to volunteer Fire and First Response teams, O’Connor is also served by Superior North EMS, an ambulance service with a satellite base within a 10 minute drive of the Township. Emergency medical care is administered at the Thunder Bay Regional Health & Sciences Centre, a state-of-the-art facility with a 24 hour emergency room and 375 acute-care beds.
Family medical care is available through a variety of clinics, health units and general practitioners offices in Thunder Bay. Once a month a nurse practitioner from the NorWest Community Health Centre visits the Township at the O’Connor Community Centre. They provide foot care appointments, workshops, information sessions and flu shots when required.
Most working parents make use of day care facilities in Thunder Bay which are convenient to their place of work. Private sitters are available within the Township and new residents are encouraged to attend community events in order to meet neighbours and develop relationships with other parents.
O’Connor is home to an active community of senior citizens. Senior services are available in the nearby town of Kakabeka Falls. A branch of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Rural 60 Plus Centre operate there and offer a variety of supports including social events, education and some personal care services.A number of service clubs operate within the Township, including the O’Connor Women’s Institute and the O’Connor Fire Department Auxiliary. The O’Connor Community Club is the primary organizer of community events and is a great way to get to know neighbours and begin integrating into the community.
Faith services within the municipality are provided by a Baptist and a Free Methodist church. In Kakabeka Falls and within a 15 minute drive for most residents are Lutheran, United and Catholic churches.