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Parking at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre


January 23, 2019

Did you know that the costs associated with parking lots are not covered by government funding? Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre uses parking fees to cover the cost of providing, maintaining and administering the parking facilities (such as lighting, asphalt and equipment maintenance, line painting and snow removal) and to support operational costs related to patient care.

Patient Family Advisors are volunteers who have recent experiences with our Hospital. They contribute to decisions and policies, including parking rates. Gary Cooper, retired OPP officer and Patient Family Advisor, was part of a working group tasked to review parking rates.

“No one likes to pay for parking, especially in Thunder Bay where we’re not accustomed to it. The reality is that parking lots are expensive. Without parking fees, the cost to maintain the lots would impact patient care services,” Cooper explained. “We want visits to our Hospital to be as stress free and affordable as possible, so we try our best to keep the rates low.”

Parking rates at our Hospital are well below the average cost at other Ontario hospitals. The first hour is $2.00, the maximum daily rate is $7.00, and a weekly pass is $28.00.

Other parking rates across Ontario:



Initial Fee

Daily Rate

Extended Rate

London Health Sciences Centre

$4.00 (first hour)

$12.00 maximum


Hamilton Health Sciences Centre

$3.50 (first ½ hour)

$20.00 maximum

$50/5-day pass

Health Sciences North (Ramsey Lake Health Centre, Sudbury)

$3.00 (first hour)

$10.00 (one-day pass)

No weekly rate.


Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre


$7.00 maximum



Did you know?

  • Our Hospital has 13 parking lots with a total of 1,988 spaces.

  • Parking lot maintenance costs are more than $1 million each year. This includes asphalt maintenance, clearing snow, painting lines, lighting, and other costs associated with the safe operation of the lots.

  • As the number of services we provide increases, so does the need for parking. In 2016, 295 new spaces were added.

  • New legislation capped hospital parking rates and outlined other stipulations to make it easier for patients and families across Ontario. Our Hospital’s parking rates were already well within those compliance requirements.

  • In addition to hourly rates, patients and families also have the option of purchasing unrestricted daily, weekly, or monthly passes.

For more information about parking at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, please visit

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