People looking for jobs in the mining sector in the northwest should be prepared to commute, according to a study that shows a higher percentage of the region's mining workforce has to travel more than mine workers in other parts of Ontario.

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Madge Richardson, executive director of North of Superior Workforce Planning Board.

The executive director of the North of Superior Workforce Planning Board said the Thunder Bay area's mining workers often have to travel long distances.

"What was found was within this region or the District of Thunder Bay, for the mining sector, the workforce is required to be almost two times more mobile than what's identified for the rest of the province," Madge Richardson said.

Richardson predicted that about 4,000 new mining jobs will open up in less than a decade. To fill those jobs, some workers may commute into the region from their homes in other parts of Canada.