February 1, 2018: Thunder Bay, ON - MovetoNWOntario.ca now hosts a brand new Live Chat feature for newcomers. Launched today, Live Chat allows settlement workers from Thunder Bay Multicultural Association to communicate with potential newcomers in real time.
This pilot project is a partnership between The City of Thunder Bay and Thunder Bay Multicultural Association as an effort to attract newcomers to Northwestern Ontario. Funded by the Province of Ontario, the Live Chat services will be available 6 days per week between the hours of 6:00 AM and 9:30 PM to improve accessibility to potential newcomers around the world. Highly skilled settlement workers from Thunder Bay Multicultural Association will work as operators and offer settlement advice in multiple languages.
Says Cathy Woodbeck, Executive Director of the Thunder Bay Multicultural Association, “We are excited that the Government of Ontario has chosen Northwestern Ontario to pilot this Live Chat service. Our operators will be available online to provide immediate support, answer relocation questions and guide potential newcomers through the process of moving to Northwestern Ontario. This gives access to newcomers already in the region, within Canada and those abroad contemplating a move to Northwestern Ontario.”
The Live Chat service will be piloted for six months with the goal of increasing access to services, removing barriers and increasing the number of newcomers who successfully relocate to Northwestern Ontario communities.
Wednesday December 13, 2017: Several local organizations have come together in Thunder Bay to conceive and premiere five documentaries focused on attracting Chinese newcomers to the region. The initiative was led by the MovetoNorthwesternOntario.ca project in partnership with FedNor Canada, Tourism Thunder Bay, Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership (OTMP) and Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) with Fairchild Television Network.
The five documentaries are currently premiering on Fairchild Television to Chinese audiences in Canada and in 40 cities across China. The documentary slate includes interviews with entrepreneurs, businesses, newcomers, international students, tourism operators and community organizations across Thunder Bay & District.
Cathy Woodbeck, Executive Director of Thunder Bay Multicultural Association comments; “This series presents Thunder Bay and local opportunities in a modern way for a new generation of Chinese newcomers. We wanted to showcase the unique lifestyle, business and career opportunities available in this region, specifically targeted at Chinese populations in Canada and overseas. We are thrilled with the final series and are grateful to the dozens of local people, businesses and organizations who participated in interviews, provided tours and testimonials to tell Thunder Bay’s best story.”
The Thunder Bay series is narrated in Chinese with all local interviews available for viewing in English. The five-documentary line-up includes:
The series can be viewed online at: http://www.immigrationnorthwesternontario.ca/Media_Centre.htm Says Rebecca Johnson, City Councillor of Thunder Bay; “This project is an incredible opportunity to celebrate the successes of local entrepreneurs and showcase the quality of life available to newcomers in Thunder Bay. We are passionate about promoting our region and welcoming families, professionals and entrepreneurs to grow our community. The City of Thunder Bay is proud to support this series."
Fairchild Media Group prides itself as the largest Chinese media corporation outside of Asia. Fairchild Television is the number one medium to reach Chinese Canadians in Canada, reaching 300% and 299% more Chinese audience than multicultural television stations in the Greater Toronto and Greater Vancouver area respectively.