Discover Northern Ontario's Newest Economic Development Tool
See the launch of our new online tool, ConnectNORTH!
ConnectNORTH is a group purchase plan that gives people living or interested in Ontario's northern regions access to a GIS based supply chain mapping tool. This collective approach reduces the cost for Users to secure industry data that allows them to identify opportunities and gaps for their community, region, or all of Ontario’s northern regions. The online platform provides information for three industries: agri-food, manufacturing, and tourism (with the capacity to include others going forward!). Working together we can make this resource available and affordable for all.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted gaps and weaknesses of supply chains in Ontario's northern regions. Reducing those gaps and protecting against those weaknesses is an opportunity for economic growth and investment in Ontario's northern regions.To act on that opportunity, Northerners need access to reliable and up-to-date information about potential suppliers, customers, and partners in various industries in Ontario's northern regions. Users have the ability to filter businesses by industry, NAICS code, business name, geography or a combination to analyze supply chains.
To date, ConnectNORTH has added 7500+ businesses and counting to ConnectON! These businesses are spread across Ontario’s northern regions. All businesses have been assigned a code from the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).Data can be viewed and downloaded by 11 regional northern districts and 6 separated cities (Thunder Bay, North Bay, Timmins, Sault Ste. Marie, Kenora, and Elliot Lake). Data can also be viewed in other boundaries including economic clusters, economic regions and Ontario Tourism Regions. ConnectNORTH is never complete! It is constantly improving and evolving. NPI continues to add new datasets and update existing data to ensure accuracy and relevancy.