Gathering Place

Update February 22, 2021: The Gathering Place will be open for their ‘open hands hampers’ on February 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
To register please call 211.

The Gathering Place Update:  The OPEN HANDS Food Security program will be held on Tuesday January 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Update December 3: Clients of the Gathering Place are able to access food hampers every 2 weeks. A reminder that those registered at The Gathering Place are only eligible to visit The Gathering Place’s food bank within the city. If you have any questions, please call 623-8184 or reach out to

The Gathering Place (formerly known as Thunder Bay Christian Community Centre or TBCCC) is a non-profit organization incorporated in 1985. Serving the city of Thunder Bay and area for the past 35 years, The Gathering Place has and continues to offer support to individuals and families through a variety of programs and opportunities.  Through weekly Food Hamper distribution, weekly Men’s and Women’s bible studies, Drop in coffee/craft and prayer times, providing free used clothing and household items and cooking opportunities for seniors, The Gathering Place is a safe place to gather right in the heart of the Westfort community.        

The Gathering Place will be offering Food Hampers outdoors in our parking lot Tuesday July 28, August 11, August 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m..  To register, please call 211.

239 Amelia Street W


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Northwestern Health Unit Dryden

Update February 22, 2021: When developing a vaccine, scientists make sure it is safe, effective and manufactured to the highest quality. All vaccines approved for use in Canada go through rigorous testing and safety protocols – including the COVID-19 vaccine! Find out more here:

The Northwestern Health Unit is here to answer any questions you have about COVID-19. Give them a call Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. or visit:

You should get tested if you have any symptoms of COVID-19. Even if the symptoms are mild and go away quickly – get tested! Call your local assessment centre to book an appointment. Remember that you are required to self-isolate as soon as symptoms start and remain isolated until your test results are back.

Update February 9, 2021: The Ontario Government has a 3-phased COVID-19 vaccine plan in place. Everyone who wants to be vaccinated will be able to, but it will take some time. We are currently in the first phase of the plan which focuses on populations that are at greater risk of COVID-19.   Learn more about the plan and when you can expect to get vaccinated by visiting their website:

How will you know when it’s your turn to get the COVID-19 vaccine? As we move through each phase of the Ontario Government’s vaccine distribution plan, we will keep you updated through radio, newspapers, social media and through our community partners. Please be patient – timelines for the general public are dependent on vaccine supply and clinics are still months away. But rest assured – no one will be forgotten or left out!

Have your COVID-19 questions answered! Join Dr. Kit Young Hoon next Thursday, February 18 at 1:00 pm. Click to learn more:  

Update February 5, 2021: Can you stop wearing a mask once you get vaccinated? In short – no. The vaccine is very effective and reduces the risk of COVID-19 by about 95%. BUT, you may still be able to spread the virus to others who are not yet vaccinated. To keep those around you safe and healthy, you will need to continue practicing all prevention measures after getting vaccinated, including wearing a mask.

If you are planning any international travel, know before you go! In addition to proof of a negative test prior to departure, all travelers arriving in Canada must reserve a room in an approved hotel for 3 nights and take a COVID-19 test on arrival – all at their own cost. International flights will be directed to 4 airports only – Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. The time will come when it is safe to travel again, but it’s not right now.

Update February 3, 2021: A reminder that if you enter a different province, you are required to follow that province’s COVID-19 restrictions and orders.

Update January 25: If you have questions about COVID-19 please call the Northwestern Health Unit,l Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 1-866-468-2240 or visit:

If you are not feeling well, isolate and take the online self-assessment. It will let you know if your symptoms may be related to COVID-19 and if you should get tested. Just remember to follow through with the recommendation. If it advises you to get tested, get tested – even if your symptoms are mild and you start to feel better.

Update January 21: Protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Keep following public health measures! Watch this friendly and important reminder from the Government of Canada:

Update from Norwestern Health Unit: Health Unit staff are immunizing 2019-2020 grade 7 students who missed their second dose of immunizations due to COVID-19 and school closures. Please contact your local NWHU office to book an appointment. Get caught up before school starts.  Link below for more information

All 2019-2020 grade 7 students who missed their second dose of immunizations due to COVID-19 and school closures, please contact your local NWHU office to book an appointment.      

Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

   807-223-3301 or 1-888-404-4231      

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

Update February 22, 2021: It’s ok to not be ok! If you need to talk, the Canadian Mental Health Association is here to listen.  Crisis Services are available, 24/7, 365 days a year. If you or someone you know is in crisis, struggling or just needs to talk, please call: Thunder Bay: 807-346-8282 or  District / Toll-Free: 1-888-269-3100.

Update January 28, 2021: In this current climate many people are dealing with many challenges, so, if you’re feeling stressed, agitated, or overwhelmed during this time of global pandemic, stop! Inhale & Exhale. You are not alone. Go to to join the free online Stress Balance Group.

Update January 13, 2021: If you are noticing symptoms of anxiety with the current state of emergency put in place by the Ontario government, free resources like Bounceback are here to help reduce stress, anxiety and worry. For more information visit: If you are feeling overwhelmed during this time, please contact CMHA’s Crisis Response Services at 346-8282 or toll-free: 1-888-269-3100. Services are offered 24/7 to both youth and adults.

Update July 20, 2020: Canadian Mental Health Association Thunder Bay Branch offers Mental Health Court Diversion Program to individuals aged 12+ with mental health, cognitive or developmental issues who have been charged with class 1 offences such as (theft under, mischief under, possession under, fraud under, breaches, etc) and class 2 offences (simple assaults, uttering threats, etc.) on an individual basis. They are continuing to accept new intakes and referrals during the COVID-19 situation. If you have any matters before the courts and are wondering about eligibility, please contact the Manager of Justice and Case Management Programs at (807) 345-5564 ext. 420.

Update May 28, 2020: Do you know an isolated, low-income senior or person with disabilities who needs support getting the essentials they need to stay home during COVID-19? The Ontario Community Support Association Program is coordinating services to deliver meals, groceries, medicine and other essentials during COVID-19. Help keep our community safe and healthy.

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is still available to provide information and support to members and intake for new members.

The New Foundation Day Program run by the CMHA is closed during this time. For anyone interested in the New Foundations Program and becoming a member please, contact Vanessa at 345-4817.    

CMHA Thunder Bay Facebook page

CMHA Thunder Bay Website

Salvation Army

Update February 16, 2021: Thunder Bay Salvation Army Thrift Stores are now open for shopping and donations. Please note that COVID safety protocols are in effect; social distancing, limited customers and masks.

The Salvation Army in Thunder Bay provides residential programs and community & family services to the most vulnerable people in the City.

Update: The COVID-19 Safe Food Bank will be taking place on Friday, May 1st, 2020. There will be four drive-thru lines to accommodate the number of people using this method to pick up hampers. It is asked that individuals send one person per household to pick up the food hampers.     

Dryden Regional Health Centre- Hospital

Update February 17, 2021: As the region moves into the Yellow Zone, the public is being  advised that there are no changes to the Centre’s current Visitor’s policy. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the DRHC has put restrictions on the Visitor’s Policy in the interest of protecting our staff, patients and the community.   For more information on the Visiting policy, please call the hospital at 223-8201 ext. 1230

Update (January 18): The Dryden Regional Health Centre understand how difficult it is for their patients to be apart from their loved ones during these uncertain times. In addition to their existing visitor policy, they are offering virtual visitations through the OTN to help patients to safely connect with loved ones while receiving care in the hospital. 30-minute sessions are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. To arrange a virtual visit, please contact Ravin Walker at 807-223-8201 ext. 3317.

UPDATE: COVID-19 test results will now be received in 4-5 days opposed to 6.

Assessment Centre at 807-727 -7035 between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Emergency Department operating 24 hours             

Opening a COVID-19 Assessment Centre dedicated for individuals experiencing possible symptoms of the Novel Coronavirus. Hospital asks that you stay at home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.  

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City of Thunder Bay

Update February 16, 2021: Hassle free parking for curbside pick-up has been extended to support local businesses. Until further notice, vehicles parked at a street meter will have a 15-minute grace period while they are actively completing a curbside pick-up or delivery from local merchants. During this time, you do not need to feed the meter. If there are delays in curbside service, drivers can notify the officer and more time will be allowed. Officers will continue enforcing all other parking regulations and meters are to be paid by those not actively completing curb-side pick-up.

Update November 4, 2020: SNEMS is offering flu vaccines at the Junot EMS Headquarters. The standard flu vaccine will only be available. You will only be able to book an appointment online. To book an appointment and for more information please visit:

The City of Thunder Bay has developed an A-Z Services Directory during COVID-19 for up-to-date information on City programs, services, facilities and amenities as they are operating, reduced, or unavailable. Visit:

North End Recreation Centre, County Park and Franklin Park Splash Pads . Open Wednesday to Sunday, 12 pm to 7 pm, from June to September (weather permitting).                 

As of July 8th, 2020, the splash pads at Marina Park, County Park, Franklin Street, and North End are now open for the season. Splash pads are a great way to cool off and get exercise in the summer months and are free to people of all ages.