North Bay is historically considered the "Gateway to the North". With a population of 56,000 the city is ideally situated at the crossroads of Trans-continental highways, railways, and air routes providing a link to the north, south, east and west for transportation and communication activities. North Bay is more economically diverse than many other Northern Ontario communities with a large percentage of jobs in health, education, and government dominating the list of top employers.
It is also home to Nipissing University and Canador College. Approximately 7,000 full-time students (and thousands more part-time students) are enrolled at the two post-secondary institutions which share a campus in the west end of the city. Many elementary and secondary schools in both the separate and public systems deliver the Ontario curriculum.
The city continues to develop its mile long waterfront park that runs parallel to the downtown's Main Street lined with an eclectic array of shops.
Health-care services are provided in part by The North Bay General Hospital, a 237-bed acute care facility with a CAT Scan and a full range of diagnostic imaging/nuclear medicine, testing and laser/lapa roscopic surgery.
The Northeast Mental Health Centre, a fully accredited 326-bed regional mental health care centre serving Northeastern Ontario, provides a comprehensive range of inpatient services including acute care, long term chronic care, psychogeriatric care and forensic psychiatric services.
Primary and secondary medical care are given by general practitioners, family practitioners, and certified specialists.
With the assistance of the Local NOSM Group, 10 third-year medical students completed their Comprehensive Community Clerkships (CCC) in the region. Six positions in North Bay and two positions in neighbouring Sturgeon Falls will be filled by NOSM students during the 2008-2009 academic year.
Other health related organizations include the North Bay and District Health Unit, the North Bay and District Association for Community Living, the North Bay and District Chiropractic Health Society, and the North Bay and District Dental Association.