BUSINESS COMMUNITY PROFILE
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.