Oliver Paipoonge is actively seeking to grow its considerable business community. Industrial property tax rates are significantly lower than larger city centres and more in-line with smaller area municipalities’ rates. The Municipality is committed to community planning which includes zoned industrial areas and has recently set aside and begun infrastructure installation for a second industrial parkland within the municipality.
Business investment opportunities have been identified in biodiesel fuel production, value-added wood product manufacturing, agriculture development and mineral exploration in the region. Due to the recent mill closures in nearby Thunder Bay there is a large skilled labour force in the outlying area. Labour availability and rates in the district are attractive and quite competitive.
Existing industry includes manufacturers of value-added wood products like Superior Thermowood and Global Sticks, a number of engineering and construction firms serving the region, and mineral exploration. Access to a variety of transportation venues has been important to many of these companies. Nearby Lake Superior offers shipping via the Great Lakes to the ocean, the Canadian Pacific Rail is immediately nearby and the Trans Canada Highway traverses the municipality. Oliver Paipoonge’s proximity to the longitudinal centre of the country makes it an excellent location for manufacturing companies with national customer bases.
In addition to the available land and water transport, Thunder Bay International Airport is within 30 minutes’ drive of the municipality, offering business principals wishing to relocate to the area direct flights to a number of Canadian and US cities and easy access to other business interests. High speed Internet, telephone and cellular telephone service is available throughout most of the municipality.