Chatham-Kent is known as a Welcoming Community to people and businesses from around the world. We could brag about our wonderful ‘banana belt’ climate that allows our producers to grow longer, our diverse collection of rural and urban communities surrounding highway 401, or the fact that we have a strong industrial, agricultural, and small business economy, but in the end only one thing matters: it’s easy to invest in Chatham-Kent!

The people of Chatham-Kent are dedicated to making it easy for business to grow here and our key incentive programs make investments as shovel-ready as possible. Contact us today for more information.

How We Make Investing Easy

The team at the Chatham-Kent Economic Development are here to help businesses, both local and international, become an integrated member of the community. In order to simplify the investment process, businesses are provided with a concierge service that offers them one contact within the Municipality for their entire project. This unique approach is available to both new investors and existing companies in the community. Contact Economic Development today for more information.

Chatham-Kent is also a partner in business by offering lower business operating costs, incentives, and the wide range of greenfield and existing business locations. 

Location is Everything

Industry in Chatham-Kent

  • 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 
  • Large available skilled, talented and loyal workforce
  • Centrally located 2.5 hours from Toronto
  • 7 U.S. points of entry 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
Chatham-Kent is home to a wide range of industry. 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 and tourism, and financial services, Chatham-Kent has identified seven key sectors of focus for future investment:

Chatham-Kent is perfectly located to access local and foreign markets

Choose Canada

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.

Choose Ontario

As one of Canada’s most prosperous provinces—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:

  1. A stable, pro-business economy
    Canada’s banks have been ranked the world’s best by the World Economic Forum for eight years running (2008-2015).
  2. 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.
  3. 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 a tertiary level education. See how Chatham-Kent’s workforce training and education services can help benefit your business efforts.
  4. Competitive R&D
    Ontario offers extremely favorable R&D tax credits and incentives thanks to innovation-supporting policies, transparent government-procurement practices, and an open approach to high-skills immigration.
  5. An open, inviting and safe place to live
    Ontario cities, like the ones right here in Chatham-Kent, 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.