Thunder Bay

ANC selected the Simpson-Ogden neighbourhood in Thunder Bay because of its declining and aging population, its high proportion of Aboriginal residents, its high unemployment and low average income, and disproportionately high rates of medical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.

At the end of its first two years of operation, ANC in Thunder Bay secured a number of financial backers for continuing its revitalization efforts in the Simpson-Ogden neighbourhood. United Way of Thunder Bay committed to fund work in Simpson-Ogden, and both the City of Thunder Bay and the Ontario Trillium Foundation supported the ANC project.

An initial grant from the McConnell Foundation helped prepare the group to apply to McConnell’s “Building Resilient Community by Engaging Youth” initiative. If approved, $300,000 over three years will be matched by in-kind funding from community, government and nonprofit partners.

The 15-member Simpson-Ogden Neighbourhood Advisory Committee has agreed to seek incorporation under the new name “Evergreen: A United Neighbourhood.” Sub-committees have been established to:

  • Manage neighbourhood cleanups
  • Work on bylaw enforcement
  • Install neighbourhood lighting
  • Establish newsletters that deal with children’s and wellness issues

Neighbourhood cleanups have been especially successful: advance promotion resulted in most of the trash disappearing before the scheduled clean-up, and new trash cans are in place to help residents continue to keep the neighbourhood litter-free.

Eight action grant recipients were recommended and selected by neighbourhood residents. The projects ranged from art and recreational projects for youth, to environmental programs, to programs for women responding to violence and a project that created and sold greeting cards.

Cross-community exchanges have also been fruitful – Thunder Bay’s community garden project took root in a Scarborough neighbourhood, while a project initiated in Regina to clean up rundown properties is now being adapted by Thunder Bay. Renters can complain about substandard housing to a community-based, voluntary committee and receive information on how to resolve the problem and a free inspection. If necessary, the committee contacts the relevant city departments for follow up.

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Key Contacts

Sandra Albertson, Project Manager
Action for Neighbourhood Change
500 Simpson Street
Thunder Bay, ON
P7C 3J4
Phone: 807-626-1766
Fax: 807-626-1768

Action for Neighbourhood Change was in operation from 2005-2007. This site exists to capture and share the learnings that emerged from this initiative, but new material is no longer being added on a regular basis. ANC is not responsible for the content of external links, which may change; however, if you find a broken link, please let us know.

Simpson-Ogden was named for two citizens who assumed civic prominence in the 1800s and is the second oldest residential neighbourhood in Thunder Bay. Simpson Street developed as the area’s first business district in the early 1900s and Ogden Street has been the site of community park programs for more than 80 years. Travelling north to south on Simpson Street provides a glimpse of the neighbourhood’s ethnic and socio-economic diversity. The street itself is often heavy with traffic and widens to four lanes inside the Simpson-Ogden neighbourhood. Its commercial buildings are mostly two and three stories high, often with apartments on the second and third floors. More...

Key Documents
Caledon Story - ANC in Thunder Bay: Simpson-Ogden Comes Alive (May 2007)
Quartiers en essor dans Thunder Bay : Simpson-Ogden déploie ses ailes
(May 2007)

ANC Five Communities: Simpson-Ogden
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Visit the Simpson-Ogden website!
ANC Simpson-Ogden News
(June 2006)
Youth Voice helps make neighbhourhood connections to the community
Community Capacity Building: Presentation to the CAW, April 21, 2007
Evergreen Poster winner
Community Mural finds a home on Simpson Street
Evergreen: A United Neighbourhood
Soccer in Minnesota Park
Trash Bash
Adopt a Garbage Can!
Evergreen Brochure
Coffee and Conversation
Lakehead University Agency Days, Sept. 21, 2006
Simpson Ogden Baseline: Neighbourhood Priorities Progressing Forward: A reference document
Caledon Story - Thunder Bay’s Simpson-Ogden Neighbourhood: Gifts in Unexpected Places (April 2006)
Le quartier Simpson-Ogden à Thunder Bay : D’agréables surprises (Avril 2006)

Thunder Bay Dream Catchers Workshop: The Great Escape
(March 2006)
ANC Simpson-Ogden News
(February 2006)
Map of Simpson-Ogden neighbourhood

ANC in Thunder Bay (Quicktime plugin required to play video. Click here for free download).

New Year, New Opportunities for Simpson-Ogden area (January 2006)

A Special Edition of the Simpson-Ogden Newsletter (January 2006)

Celebrating Our Successes: Past, Present and Future
(November 2005)

ANC Simpson-Ogden News
(November 2005)
Caledon Story - ANC in Thunder Bay (October 2005)
L’initiative Quartiers en essor à Thunder Bay - octobre 2005

ANC Simpson-Ogden News
(August 2005)
Thunder Bay's Giant Block Party