Emerging Opportunities

Access to 75% of North America's purchasing power.

Welland is enviable in terms of business and personal fulfillment. The City is strategically and conveniently located within Ontario's "Golden Horseshoe" region. The Golden Horseshoe is centred by Metropolitan Toronto, which is Canada's largest consumer market and an integral part of its industrial heartland.

Welland Highlights

  1. Within driving distance of 60% of the U.S. & 62% of the Canadian industrial market
  2. Easy access to the U.S. and major international transportation gateways by auto, plane & train
  3. Seven of the top 10 U.S. industrial states are within one day's trucking of Welland
  4. Welland is closer to major U.S. markets than Florida, Texas and California

Green Energy

While the rest of Canada and the world are rushing to make decisions and build a climate and infrastructure for long term investment and development in green energy, Welland is ready.

More importantly, the Welland Hydro-Electric System Corporation, a city owned utility, not only delivers the required grid capacity but will minimize the red tape required to set up production and get to market quickly. Our industry and academic partnerships have put Welland at the forefront of innovation and new technologies related to alternative and sustainable energy sources.

Welland is ready

  • Ontario Green Energy Act gives Welland a competitive advantage over other North American jurisdictions
  • Ontario's "feed-in tariff" program, pays power producers a set price for energy from renewable sources in some cases [e.g. solar energy], far above market rates
  • Ontario's $2.3 billion investment in transmission infrastructure which will reduce timelines and risk involved with renewable energy power projects
  • The Niagara Region has already invested in a number of leading-edge cogeneration projects
  • Welland has become part of an international consortium of cities committed to using LED (light-emitting diode) lighting technologies within their electrification grids to reduce energy usage
  • Welland is a member of the The Great Lakes Wind Network (GLWN) an industry-led network of North American manufacturers and suppliers. The GLWN works with wind turbine OEMs and major suppliers, identifies critical component needs, and connects pre-qualified manufacturers with new potential customers.

Health & Wellness

Over 50 provincial and federal programs to help finance your growth in Welland.

From interest and principal free loans, R & D tax credits, training and job creation programs and support for green energy technology investment, Welland is one of the most attractive places to do business.

Advanced Manufacturing

Manufacturing Base Welland is at the geographical centre of Niagara's diversified manufacturing base and supply chain network.

Welland's 25,000 strong labour force has ready-to-go experience and depth in precision machining, metal forming, electrical & connectivity, hydraulics and power distribution.

The region also excels in advanced manufacturing, aerospace, shipbuilding, logistics, transportation equipment and primary metal manufacturing. Welland is also ideally situated to supply Canadian, American and international markets with JIT manufacturing and preclearance border programs to speed the flow of traffic across the border.

Welland also has easy access to world-class automotive research centres at Niagara College, McMaster University, the University of Waterloo and the University of Windsor.

Sustainable Products

Leverage world-class research, technology and innovation to help you grow.

Recognized as a small town with big ideas, Welland was the first city in Canada to develop a free WiFi network. In recognition of our energy conservation efforts, Welland has recently been designated as a LED City.

These are just two examples of our eagerness to embrace big ideas and lead the world in innovation. But we know we can't do it alone. Welland is a case study on how industry and academia can work together to do great things.

Download our "Prosperity through Innovation and Sustainability" document to learn more.