City Profile
Thunder Bay

Population: 107,909

  • Thunder Bay has the highest percentage of natural parkland as a percentage of total parkland, almost double the average at 85%.
  • Thunder Bay has the second most hectares of parkland relative to population with 19.2 hectares per thousand people.
  • Thunder Bay is one of 50% of cities that have a policy to waive permit fees for groups that show financial need.
2021 Data


ha parkland per 1000 people

2070 ha of total parkland


of total parkland is natural area

1769 total ha


of parkland is environmentally significant/protected

414 total ha


of total city land is parkland

32,824 ha of total city area


dog parks


Community gardens/urban farms


community park groups



Policy to waive permit fees for groups with financial need.


Parks operating budget per person

$7,190,800 total


Total parks capital budget


Total philanthropy/sponsorships


Provincially legislated tools available for parkland dedication, acquisition and/or development

Municipalities are able to require up to 5% of the land area of a residential development for parkland or, through an alternate rate bylaw, one hectare in land per 300 units or the equivalent in cash-in-lieu of one hectare per 500 units. Municipalities are also able to require 2% of commercial or non-residential development for parkland or the equivalent in cash-in-lieu. Municipalities may also fund eligible parks improvements through Development Charges and may choose to collect funding for parkland through a Community Benefits Charge, but overlap between these tools must be avoided.

¹Fees waived for not-for-profit organizations.

Community grant program
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