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Thunder Bay Ontario

Lakehead Social Planning Council

Thunder Bay , Ontario, Canada

About My City: Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay is an amalgamation of two cities, Port Arthur and Fort William. In 1969, the City of the Lakehead Act was issued by Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs Darcy McKeough. This act decreed that Fort William and Port Arthur would amalgamate as of January 1, 1970, creating a new, larger city. Citizens were asked to select the city's new name by vote, with three candidates to choose from: "Lakehead," "The Lakehead," and "Thunder Bay."Thunder Bay is an amalgamation of two cities, Port Arthur and Fort William. In 1969, the City of the Lakehead Act was issued by Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs Darcy McKeough. This act decreed that Fort William and Port Arthur would amalgamate as of January 1, 1970, creating a new, larger city. Citizens were asked to select the city's new name by vote, with three candidates to choose from: "Lakehead," "The Lakehead," and "Thunder Bay." Thunder Bay has a population of 108,000 people.

About My Organization: Lakehead Social Planning Council

Our vision is to provide dynamic leadership for social change and the betterment of community. We are dedicated to building a better community through strategic alliances, social research and the provision of valid, reliable information. The LSPC is home to 211 Ontario North which provides information and referral services to Northern Ontario. Other important services provided by the LSPC include the Good Food Box, the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program and a public computer access site. There are typically several projects the LSPC is involved with at any time including Poverty Free Thunder Bay and Graffiti Guard.

My Collaborative: Thunder Bay and District Poverty Reduction Strategy Committee

The Thunder Bay and District Poverty Reduction Strategy Committee is a municipally led initiative in the City of Thunder Bay and District, and has been a member of VC since 2013. The Poverty Reduction Strategy is critical to raise the quality of life for the most disadvantaged which improves the social, economic, and health outcomes for the rest of society. The strategy was formulated to develop community-specific recommendations for immediate, medium- and long-term community poverty reduction. Priority areas include: housing, income and community economic development, infrastructure, and inclusion and engagement.