Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay Veterans Affairs office to reopen in January

Thunder Bay's Veterans Affairs office is reopening in 2017.

Eight people to be employed in Syndicate Avenue office

Kent Hehr, minister of Veterans Affairs announced that a Thunder Bay VA office closed since 2014 will reopen in January. (Kris Ketonen/CBC)

Thunder Bay's Veterans Affairs office is reopening early in 2017.

The office, which was closed in 2014, will open its doors in a new location on Syndicate Avenue in January.

Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs, said for the last two years, Veterans Affairs services were offered at Service Canada locations.

"Sure enough, our public servants were doing the best they could, but you couldn't keep up with the sheer volume of people who needed help," he said in Thunder Bay Thursday morning.       

The Thunder Bay office is one of several across Canada that will reopen after being closed by the Conservative government more than two years ago.

The local office will employ eight staff.
Veterans gathered outside the Veterans Affairs office to protest its closure in 2014, but today the Minister of Veterans Affairs is in the city to announce the reopening of a local office. (Matt Prokopchuk/CBC)


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.