Your business is your passion. You dedicate time, money and heart to making it thrive and grow. Whether you are choosing to open your first location, expand your business with new locations, or relocate your business - the team at Chatham-Kent Economic Development and the Small Business Centre are dedicated to helping you achieve your vision. Connect with us today by calling 1-866-542-5994 or email
How We Make Investing Easy
Our concierge service provides you with a single point of contact within Chatham-Kent Economic Development and the Small Business Centre for their entire project, as well as access to municipal experts from all departments throughout the process. Available to local, national and international businesses, our unique approach makes investing easy for both new and existing companies.
Finding a Location
Chatham-Kent is a growing, thriving community. It is also large. Finding the right place can sometimes be a quick search on the internet, but there can also be times when you need help locating the right property. Our team has connections with local, commercial and business real estate and is ready to help. This includes properties that may not always be listed and may require a personal introduction.
Call Us Before You Buy
When it comes to making an investment in your business, call us before you buy. We can provide important information to help you make an informed decision and possibly save costs.
Location is Everything
- One tier local government means faster decision making
Access to efficient logistics infrastructure including road, rail, and water
- Well-positioned for North American market entry with direct access to Detroit as part of our proximity to three major border crossings
- A large available skilled, talented and loyal workforce
- Centrally located 2.5 hours from Toronto
- 7 points of entry to the United States within 1 hour
- Communities within Chatham-Kent surround Highway 401, a key provincial trade route
- Within 400km of 25 million people
- Located between Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair
Industry in Chatham-Kent
Chatham-Kent is home to a wide range of industries. Our partners know that they can rely on a municipality that supports all stages of investment including new development, continued viability and expansion.
Amongst the many industry sectors including healthcare, hospitality, tourism and financial services, Chatham-Kent has identified seven key sectors of focus for future investment:
When it comes to economic stability and exceptional lifestyle options, Canada has long topped polls and studies ranking the best places in the world to live and work. One of the most welcoming and profitable places in the world for global business organizations, Canada provides foreign companies with a dynamic and progressive place to put down international roots.
For more information on the competitive advantages you can enjoy doing business in Canada, please visit the Government of Canada’s Invest in Canada online resource.
As one of Canada’s most prosperous provinces with nearly 40 percent of Canada’s total economic output, Ontario offers investors one of the nation’s most flourishing and diverse business climates. From information and communication technology to automotive and biofuels, Ontario remains one of the fastest-growing regions in North America and the advanced industrial world.
Five great reasons to consider our beautiful province as part of your global expansion efforts:
A Stable, Pro-business Economy - Canada’s banks have been ranked the world’s best by the World Economic Forum
Affordable Business Taxes - according to a report from KPMG, Canada has the lowest total business tax costs in the G-7. Our business taxes are roughly 46% lower than those of the United States.
A Highly Educated Workforce - Canada’s workforce is the most highly educated among members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Close to half of the nation’s working-age population has some form of post-secondary education.
Competitive Research and Development - Ontario offers extremely favourable research and development tax credits and incentives thanks to innovation-supporting policies, transparent government-procurement practices and an open approach to high-skills immigration.
An Open, Inviting and Safe Place to Live - Ontario cities have tolerant neighbourhoods, beautiful parks and green spaces, excellent public and private educational institutions and low crime rates.
Additional information on Ontario’s economy and investment benefits can be found on the Invest in Ontario website.