Who are we?

The Thunder Bay Leap Coalition is a group of local citizens and organizations with a bold vision.

We believe Thunder Bay is uniquely positioned to be a national leader in creating new approaches and opportunities that build a world for the next generation that is sustainable and provides quality of life for all.

We remember a time when we were proud to be “the city with a giant heart”.  A city with a corner store in every neighbourhood and a block parent who knew the kids by name.

We remember a time when there were two thriving downtown cores where local businesses flourished.

We remember a time when a person who wanted to work could get a good paying job that would support their family – when our kids didn’t have to leave town to find work.

We remember a time when you could eat the fish out of the lakes and rivers around town without “consumption warnings”.

We are no longer this city today – but we could be.

We believe this change has to start at a local and neighbourhood level and that electing a team of city councillors who vow to work together to support the leap manifesto will be an important step.

 Here is our vision:

1 We are committed to building and honouring relationships with Indigenous communities that centre and uphold their inherent rights and title to their lands.

2 We will ensure the return of good jobs to our city by becoming a hub for manufacturing the infrastructure that shifts Thunder Bay and the rest of the country to 100% renewable energy.

3 We are committed to ending homelessness in Thunder Bay and advocating for a guaranteed annual income that provides a dignified standard of living.

4 We are committed to retrofitting and creating energy efficient housing, and reducing traffic through prioritizing enhanced public transit and walkability.

5 We are committed to protecting homes and businesses by investing in infrastructure that is prepared for climate change.

6 We support the development and expansion of strategies to increase local food production and economies.

7 Local small businesses are the heart of our community and we will support transparent zoning and tax policies that put them first.

8 We will develop innovative strategies to attract, support and retain newcomers to Thunder Bay, no matter their place of origin.

9 We support increasing access to affordable childcare and making neighbourhoods supportive, safe and enjoyable for families, children and youth.

10 We are committed to saving tax dollars by prioritizing the utilization and rejuvenation of the spaces and places within the city that lie empty and unused.