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During the pioneering period employment was centered around natural resource based industries such as logging, sawmills, and some commercial fishing.  With the onset of uranium mining in the 1950's, mining became a major employer with the first mine located within the Township of the North Shore.  Mining activity in the adjacent community of Elliot Lake provided employment for local residents up until 1996.  In response to activity in the primary sectors other businesses came into being serving both the existing industries and the tourist trade generated by the Municipality's prime location.  Currently many of the residents are employed outside of the municipality in the surrounding communities due to modest local employment opportunities.


The major industries in the Township are Carmeuse Lime Ltd. and Lafarge Canada Ltd.


The other industries would include logging/trucking companies, commercial fishing operations and a small number of construction companies servicing the area.  Several  other business services would include accounting, automotive, building inspection, signage, monuments and home based salons.


The tourism and hospitality services are plentiful with motels, restaurants, resorts, fly-in air service, campgrounds, gift and antique stores and convenience stores.  They all cater to the needs of residents and the travelling public.


The following is a break down of the employment industry for the township of The North Shore.  All statistics are provided by the 2001 census from Statistics Canada.

Employment by Industry Total Employment by Occupation Total
Agriculture and other resource-based 45 Management 50
Manufacturing and construction 20 Business, finance and administration 30
Wholesale and retail trade 20 Natural and applied sciences and related 30
Finance and real estate 10 Health 15
Health and education 60 Social science, education, government service and religion 20
Business services 45 Art, culture, recreation and sport 10
Other services 60 Sales and service 45
    Trades, transport and equipment operators and related 45
    Occupations unique to primary industry 20
    Occupations unique to processing, manufacturing and utilities 0
Total Experienced Labour Force 255 Total Experienced Labour Force 255