Experienced Officers

The Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) is accepting applications from experienced officers. If you are a current-serving police officer with another Canadian police service and would like to continue your passion for serving your community, the TBPS could be the place for you.  Apply today at this link.

The TBPS is a full-service police agency that deploys 234 sworn officers and 108 civilian support staff. As a full-service agency, our officers have significant opportunities for advancement and transfer into numerous specialty units like: Emergency Task Unit, Intelligence Unit, Major Crimes Unit, Traffic Unit, School Resources Unit and more. 

Our recruitment team is accepting applications from officers who have graduated from the Ontario Police College or another recognized Canadian police training facility. We will work with you in coordinating our new, revitalized recruitment process that is equitable, modern and efficient. You will participate in a PIN Test if you cannot provide proof of a valid test within the last six months, an essential competency interview, psychological assessments and a background investigation. 

TBPS is looking to hire qualified candidates, including Indigenous peoples, women and others from visible minority groups to best represent the community we serve. 

Experienced Officer Applicant Process

Your application must include:

1. Application form, cover letter and resume.
2. Proof of First Aid and Level C (Basic Rescuer Level) CPR certification.
3. A copy of your Basic Constable Training Diploma from the Ontario Police College or equivalent diploma.

Please note: Applicants from outside Ontario must complete the Basic Constable Training Equivalency exam with the Ontario Police College before employment with the TBPS. You will be asked to provide a letter of good standing from your current police service.

Recruitment Process:

Phase 1 – Morning: PIN Test (if required), Pre-Background Questionnaire and Local Focus Interview. Afternoon: Psychological Questionnaires

Phase 2 – Essential Competency Interview

Phase 3 – Background Investigation

Phase 4 – Review of candidate file, recommendation for hire and offer of employment conditional on pre-employment medical

Non-Canadian Applicants:

One of the minimum requirements to become a police constable is being eligible to work in Canada. You must be a permanent resident or a Canadian citizen before applying to the TBPS.


Pension – Pension for TBPS members is provided by OMERS. OMERS is one of Canada’s largest defined benefit pension plans. For all questions pertaining to pension, please refer to www.omers.com. As an OMERS member, you may be able to transfer pension credits in to the OMERS plan from another Canadian registered pension plan. If you have been a member of another registered pension plan in the past, contact OMERS Client Services directly. You may be able to transfer some or all of this service into OMERS. 
Annual Leave – The TBPS proudly offers one of the best annual leave allotment packages in policing in Ontario. 
Benefits – TBPS offers competitive group benefits to all full-time members and includes: Short and Long Term Disability, Life Insurance, Health, Dental and hospital coverage, out-of-country travel insurance and psychological health coverage.
Incentives - TBPS values the skills you will bring to our team and will consider other incentives to assist you in facilitating your transition to us

Choose the City of Thunder Bay

Superior by Nature: Where urban life meets natural beauty. Vibrant and unique in every way.

Discover a welcoming community surrounded by nature; a city perfect to make your home and raise your family. 

People come to this city from all over the world. They arrive for the adventure and frontier opportunities, they stay because of the lifestyle, the friends they've made and the fresh, raw beauty of the natural environment.

With a beautiful waterfront, modern downtown and vibrant restaurants and bars, Thunder Bay attracts young, urban and intelligent professionals, new Canadians and new businesses from all over North America. The city's thriving arts community features multiple art galleries, an active local music scene, a symphony orchestra, and attracts top-end world entertainment to venues like the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium. 

The post-secondary education sector is served by Confederation College and Lakehead University, which is labeled one of Ontario's top undergraduate and research universities and is home to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and Bora Laskin Faculty of Law. 

Organized sports leagues take advantage of the city's soccer pitches, baseball diamonds, and outdoor skating rinks or indoor arenas. Meanwhile, sports fans can enjoy watching tomorrow's MLB stars through Northwoods League Collegiate baseball, take in a Lakehead University Thunderwolves Hockey game or witness national sporting events like the 2021 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. 

The most populated city in Northwestern Ontario, Thunder Bay's urban setting is literal footsteps from a vast wilderness perfect for the outdoor enthusiast. Enjoy hiking through trails, fishing or just some time away at an affordable lakefront cottage. Whether you want your free time filled with outdoor adventures, a modern urban experience or simply rest and relaxation, Thunder Bay is the place for you. 

Thunder Bay’s cost of living is another of its attractive features. For example, a single-detached home can be purchased in a price-range around $200,000. MoneySense Magazine has rated Thunder Bay as Canada’s top city to buy real estate for two consecutive years. 

It's a rating HGTV agrees with: "The largest city in Northwestern Ontario, Thunder Bay is a centre for healthcare, business and education services. In the five years up to 2016, average house prices appreciated by 8.4% while average rents increased by 22.5%. With the average home costing 2.7 times the average income, buying here is still affordable too."

Snapshot of how the top 5 cities compare:


Average Home Price (2015)

Average Income to Home Price

5 Year Price Appreciation

Thunder Bay (Ont.)




Hamilton (Ont.)




Brantford (Ont.)




Guelph (Ont.)




Vancouver (B.C.)




For more information about relocating to Thunder Bay, visit the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission’s (CEDC) website here.

For more about the recreational opportunities this city offer, visit the Tourism Thunder Bay’s website here.

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