Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board (TBCDSB)

Education that Inspires Achievement

The Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada offers an educational experience unlike any other in the world. We offer faithbased learning in English, Inspiring Achievement to help prepare students for college and university studies through enhanced, individualized programs that address each student’s cultural and learning needs. We are nurturing strong students – and strong global citizens.

Growing in Faith

Catholic education views human life as an integration of body, mind, and spirit. Rooted in this vision, Catholic education fosters the search for knowledge as a lifelong spiritual and academic quest. The expectations of Catholic graduate are described in terms of knowledge and skills as well as values, attitudes,and actions.

Excellence in Education

High Performing Students – Board scores exceptionally well in provincial-testing (EQAO). We lead the region and consistently score among the highest in the entire province.

Intellectual, emotional, and the spiritual development of the student is our primary approach to education. All subject courses include Catholic values and teachings allowing students to develop their faith and spirituality.

Top priority is given to the mental health of our students.. Every student is well supported by educational counsellors, social workers, mental health nurses, Chaplains, Indigenous Counsellors and ESL teachers. We believe that students can only succeed academically if they are emotionally and mentally supported.

Students will enjoy access to the world wide web through wireless technologies utilizing OS, IOS and Google platforms. Students will have a choice of devices to further their studies.

Our high schools offer well-equipped Construction, Automotive, Manufacturing, Media and Health Care technology labs with highly trained and qualified teachers from their respective trade fields. Students may develop their interest in these trades.

Physical health is an important component in keeping students healthy and motivated. Our students have access to state of the art athletic facilities which includes soccer fields, football fields, gymnasiums, weightroom facilities, auxiliary gyms, and rubberized track & field surfaces.

You will enjoy living in a diverse, English speaking community that celebrates every culture. Students in Thunder Bay will experience rich and meaningful interactions with Indigenous cultures

There is no better way to learn a language than to live it, 24 hours a day.

Thunder Bay Catholic Schools provide special supports for students who are learning English as a second language. This helps minimize any language barriers so that students can keep up with their studies. In a multicultural city such as Thunder Bay, our teachers have a great deal of experience adapting lesson plans to accommodate specific student needs.

Thunder Bay Catholic Schools also offer French Immersion courses, with certain classes taught exclusively in French. Some classes and all activities outside of French Immersion courses would remain in English, giving those students who have a basic understanding of French the opportunity to develop skills in both languages.

Thunder Bay: An Adventure in Learning – and in Life

Excellence in education is only part of the story. Located near the centre of Canada, Thunder Bay is in one of the most remarkable regions in the world. It sits at the “wolf’s eye” of Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world. The city is the regional hub of Northwestern Ontario (an area the size of France) and the western endpoint of Canada’s St. Lawrence Seaway. Thunder Bay is surrounded by the natural beauty of the Boreal Forest and the Canadian Shield – the largest exposed Precambrian rock in the world that dates back 4.3 billion years. Northwestern Ontario’s diverse wildlife includes deer, moose, bear, wolves, trout, salmon, eagles, blue jays, and foxes.

It’s a four-season wonderland with literally thousands of nearby lakes and rivers for outdoor activities, as well as several nearby mountains for hiking, skiing, and other activities. Yet Thunder Bay itself is a modern, urban city of over 100,000 people – small enough to not be overwhelming, but large enough to have all of today’s modern conveniences. Our multicultural city is home to a rich variety of ethnicities

Entrance Dates: September and February
Application Fee: $250 CAD and is non-refundable
Full Year Tuition Fee: $13,000 for a maximum of eight courses
1 Semester Tuition Fee: $6,500 for a maximum of four courses
Annual Homestay Placement Fee: $250
Homestay Monthly Fee: $850
Mandatory Annual Health Insurance Fee: $800 (prorated if less than one year)
Annual Custodianship Fee: $100 per month

All funds are in Canadian dollars


full tuition refund, less the application fee, will be granted if Citizenship and Immigration Canada does not issue the Study Permit. To obtain a refund, the student must provide:

  1. A letter of Rejection from Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  2. A copy of the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board official letter of acceptance.
  3. A written refund request by the parent, with their signature, including the name and address of the cheque recipient.

Two-thirds of the tuition fee will be refunded if a student withdraws prior to the commencement of the program.

One-half of the tuition fee will be refunded if the student withdraws after the commencement of the program but before 30 calendar days elapsed.

No refund will be granted to a student who withdraws 30 days after the commencement of the program or who is dismissed from the program due to breach of law, policy or regulation as determined by the Government of Canada, the Police, or the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board.


Robert Murphy

International Educational Consultant

459 Victoria Ave. W

Thurnder Bay, ON P7C 0A4

1 (807) 625-1576