Why Welland

Welland is growing. Are you in?

Welland has quickly become a shining star in the international spotlight. And for good reason.

With easy access to 75% of North America's purchasing power, your products and services can get to market fast. Be part of our growing community by taking advantage of our “shovel ready” industrial land, lucrative incentive programs, expeditious development approvals process, and affordable housing market.

When you're ready to open your doors, our highly skilled labour force will be ready too: over 25,000 strong with the some of the best minds, best training and best experience in the country. Like you, we're looking ahead. Welland is marshalling both public and private resources through academic and industry partnerships, driving research and innovation to ensure sustainable growth for our businesses, citizens and partners.

Made in Welland has become a symbol of excellence that is recognized by industry partners internationally.

Welland At A Glance

Quick Facts

City of Welland Population (2016 census): 52,293
Regional Niagara Population: 447,888
Area: 81.09 sq km

Residential Real Estate Values

Average sale price: Average sale price: $328,400

Major Employers (# of employees)

  • Canadian Tire Financial Services Ltd. (1460)
  • Niagara College Canada (530)
  • Welded Tube (250)
  • Bosch Rexroth (200)
  • Innio (250)


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.

Community Improvement Plans (CIPs)

Gateway Economic Zone CIP - provides financial incentives to property owners who revitalize, strengthen and diversify the economy in Welland by promoting private sector investment, development, redevelopment and construction activity on employment lands in the Gateway CIP Project Area.

Brownfield Community Improvement Plan (CIP) - provides a framework of financial incentive programs, strategies and actions to encourage and promote remediation and redevelopment of Brownfield properties within the defined project area.

Downtown and Health and Wellness Cluster CIP - Financial incentive programs to nurture revitalization, reinforces diversity in downtown as a transit supportive area, and encourages strength in the Health and Wellness Cluster.

For more information on Welland’s CIPs, please visit: Community Improvement Plans and Financial Incentives

For information on provincial and federal funding programs, please visit: Canada Business Network

Skilled & Experienced Labour Force

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.

Innovation, Academics & Industry

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.