Timmins is a resource-based economy with mining and forestry activity, but the service and tourism sectors add to the diverse economy. The history of Timmins is associated with the gold discoveries of the Porcupine Camp, beginning in the early 1900s. In the 1960s, base metals such as copper, zinc and nickel began to replace gold as the primary mined deposit. Today, a variety of precious and base metals, as well as industrial minerals, are mined.
Timmins is a well-rounded city of opportunity, filled with many qualities that make this community a great place to live, work, play and raise a family. Take a deep breath of fresh northern air and enjoy a superior quality of life with an abundance of employment and business options, recreational opportunities, top-rated cultural activities, and state of the art healthcare.
The City of Timmins is served by four school boards for elementary and secondary levels and provide continuous programs from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 in both French and English with a broad range of special education programs and services. Post-secondary education is available locally with multiple post-secondary education providers.
The community is made up of a diverse population. More than 50% of Timmins residents are fluently bilingual (English and French), a favourable rate in comparison to major bilingual cities in Canada including Montreal and Ottawa. Timmins hosts dozens of active cultural groups representing various European, Asian, and Aboriginal communities and is home to several cultural and tourist attractions and museum.
The Timmins and District Hospital (T&DH) is a level C, fully accredited (Accreditation Canada) referral and teaching hospital serving the residents of the City of Timmins and Cochrane District as well as the adjoining areas of the Temiskaming, Sudbury and Algoma districts. T&DH is dedicated to providing health care services that are consistent with the needs of our community and catchment area. The hospital offers a full range of medical, surgical, critical care, maternity, newborn, pediatric, long-term care and mental health services as well extensive health education and district services. T&DH houses 161 beds hospital wide and has approximately 850 frontline staff and 70 physicians. The hospital is a leader in state-of-the-art telecommunications and diagnostic equipment connecting physicians and staff to medical practitioners and specialists throughout Canada.