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Invest Sault Ste. Marie


Sault Ste. Marie distance to consumersFrom its rich history and quality-of-life benefits, to its growing economy and competitive advantages for businesses, Sault Ste. Marie is a great place to live, learn, work and play. Download our Why Sault Ste. Marie brochure.

Lower Cost of Doing Business

Sault Ste. Marie offers numerous cost benefits over business operations in larger cities. We offer quality talent and expertise at an affordable rate, low business operating costs and a low cost for land and real estate. 

In 2016, Sault Ste. Marie ranked 10th globally out of 111 cities in KPMG's Competitive Alternatives study which examined competitive business cost structure. For more information click here

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Sault Ste. Marie is located at the heart of the great lakes, on the US border and at the heart of Canada. Strategically located on the Trans-Canada Highway, at the northern tip of U.S. Interstate-75, the city's excellent air, highway, marine, rail and telecommunication connections ensure rapid and economical transportation of people, products, raw materials and information which enable convenient and direct multi-modal access to the international marketplace.

Business Support

Sault Ste. Marie offers extensive business support and startup resources. You can count on multiple organizations working together to offer the best service and solutions to your business. Sault Ste. Marie is also home to a Regional Innovation Centre & incubator, business accelerator and Millworks Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Incentives & Funding

Invest Sault Ste. Marie has expertise in accessing the many government funding programs available to qualifying businesses for establishing, relocating or expanding operations. Because of our Northern Ontario location, businesses can access special funding from the $100 million Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, Fednor and more. 

For more information on incentive and funding programs, visit our Incentive & Programs page, or contact John Febbraro, Director of Business Development, at 705-759-2546 or j.febbraro@ssmedc.ca.

Quality of Life

Living here provides the best of many worlds. Sault Ste. Marie is a safe, modern, medium-sized city (73,500) with amenities of larger centres, and is just minutes from nature.  We offer affordable housing, 10 minute commutes, quick access to the USA and a true four-season destination. Enjoy hundreds of KM’s of snowmobile, hiking and biking trails, downhill skiing, fishing and hunting -- all within a short drive. Experience Lake Superior, Lake Huron and hundreds of other lakes in the area.

Check out more attractions and amenities at Tourism Sault Ste. Marie.

Port of Algoma

The Port of Algoma is strategically located on the St. Mary’s River at the tip of Lake Superior, an integral part of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System. The location is a pivotal point of connection between Lake Superior, Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. The port is linked to all major multi-modal transportation networks in the region such as class 1 railways (Canadian National and Canadian Pacific) and has direct access to Trans-Canada Highway 17 & the U.S. Interstate 75.

The Port of Algoma is currently the 4th largest port on the Canadian Great Lakes (by volume), handling vessels carrying 5.5 million tonnes of cargo (~500 vessels) per year via its nine docks. 

Strategic Location in the Great Lakes Economy

We are located at the centre of the Great Lakes Economy, a highly integrated trading zone that accounts for more than 50% of all U.S./Canadian bilateral border trade and over 200 million tons of cargo shipped annually. The region, made up of 10 U.S. states and two provinces has a GDP of US$6 trillion – making it the third biggest economy in the world. (Source: Council of the Great Lakes Region).

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