by Svenja Hansen and Cindy Giardetti

The Parks Canada Northern Ontario Field Unit office relocated from Thunder Bay’s north core to the south core at the beginning of May. The new location at 201 May Street North is shared with a number of other federal departments, including Transport Canada, Canada Border Services and FedNor.

Public Services and Procurement Canada, who manages the building on Court Street that formerly housed Parks Canada, requested the move to consolidate several federal departments in more updated facilities thereby reducing maintenance costs. A dozen Parks Canada staff work from Thunder Bay, providing advice and guidance to their colleagues at the heritage protected areas across northern Ontario. The office is also open to members of the public seeking information about Parks Canada operated national parks, historic sites and national marine conservation areas.

The new office required new workstations, which included height adjustable worktops so staff can work standing or sitting. The cabinets and desks from the old office were used to set up workstations in the former township offices on Second Street in Nipigon, which has been leased by the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area as the new home for the site’s Resource Conservation team.

This makes room available in the main office on Third Street in Nipigon, which will continue to provide visitor services and public reception until the Discovery Centre is constructed.

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