It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Ignace. With state-of-the-art recreational facilities, and a diversity of amenities and tourist attractions, our municipality combines the benefits of small town living with the service provision of larger urban centers. Whether you’re a developer or business owner seeking investment opportunities, a prospective homebuyer looking for a safe and welcoming community, a nature lover looking for a unique spot or a couple looking to retire, our community has something for everyone.
Nestled in the heart of Northwestern Ontario’s Sunset Country, the Township of Ignace is halfway between Thunder Bay and Kenora on Tran-Canada Highway (Highway 17).
The Township of Ignace is now focused on strengthening its local economy through strategic approaches aimed at building the right capacity to accommodate the right types of investment as it positions itself for long term sustainable growth and development. Its’ leaders recognize the importance of vision and long-term planning and is moving in this direction through a Master Plan exercise, which will take the community beyond a short-term thinking approach to one that is long-term and comprehensive.
The people of Ignace are feeling a high level of optimism and a keen sense of hope for the future within the community. The optimism for the future is fuelled by the new strategic direction the Township has embarked upon. The community’s positive outlook can also be attributed to two significant economic development projects: the promotion of Highway 599 as the best route to the Ring of Fire mineral wealth in the far north and the possibility of becoming the host community for the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) nuclear waste repository.
Since initiating the Master Plan, the Township has developed a new brand complete with a vibrant logo, modern website and welcoming tagline. A Business Gap Analysis has identified feasible business opportunities within the community, and a comprehensive Community Improvement Plan has been established with incentives to encourage and support commercial and residential development.
As Council, our mission is to ensure that Ignace continues to be a preferred place to live, work and play. That’s why, our developmental approach will ensure balanced growth takes place. Ignace is truly becoming a recreational and commercial Hub. A rural lifestyle with nature at our doorsteps, business opportunities at your fingertips, yet with all the amenities of the 21st century awaits you. We extend an invitation to you, come explore our possibilities.
Mayor, Lee Kennard.