The city has had some great success over the last decade and a half bringing highly paid white collar work to Thunder Bay, in fact this in large measure has led to the city having a higher median household income then Toronto, according to Statscan.
However, the city has failed to address the chronic shortage of good paying blue collar jobs, and this has in turn led to many of the chronic social issues our city struggles with every day. Now that the white collar sector of the economy is humming, the next council needs to have a serious strategy for retaining, and expanding the existing base of blue collar jobs in our community.
There is a great article here about the challenges faced by industry looking to "re-shore" back in North America. These are the hurdles we should look at tackling as we try to remove barriers to blue collar employment in Thunder Bay and the Northwest.