Agriculture is Chatham-Kent's leading economic driver and the We grow for the World partnership strives to create a climate to enhance Chatham-Kent as a world leading agricultural community. Chatham-Kent is number one in Canada in the production of seed corn, tomatoes and sugar beets and is a key producer of more than 70 crops. Chatham-Kent is also home to a leading agricultural college at the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus, a state-of-the-art ethanol fuel plant (GreenField Global), a growing greenhouse sector, and an expanding renewable energy movement that includes wind, solar, and biofuel developments.
Leading private sector employers include Union Gas-Enbridge Limited, MSSC, Mahle, and KSR International and Chatham-Kent is also home to a thriving Advanced Manufacturing sector and a number of auto part production firms, making all of these key sectors for employment. Chatham-Kent is also home to a number of specialty businesses, such as Scribendi, one of the world's first online editing and proofreading companies, and Intellitix, a leading global provider of technology-driven solutions for festivals and live events. In addition, Concentrix, YA Canada, SelectCore and TekSavvy operate contact/service centres in Chatham-Kent.
Entrepreneurs thrive in our community thanks to a supportive business culture and readily available and accessible resources offered through our Small Business Centre and community partners. Volunteering in Chatham-Kent is a great way to help others, participate in your community, and develop your network and skills while gaining valuable experience.
In 2017, we saw an increase of $53 million in construction in Chatham-Kent over 2016, surpassing the $144 million mark. Chatham-Kent is open for business, offers many employment opportunities, and is positioned for growth – cultivate your future here.
What makes Chatham-Kent such a wonderful place to live and work in?
Chatham-Kent residents enjoy a high quality of life that includes access to a range of amenities, natural beauty, an engaged and welcoming community, and active tourism opportunities. We're committed to improving the future of the community through the CKPlan2035 strategic plan that focuses on economic growth, a healthy and safe community, people and culture, and environmental sustainability. Chatham-Kent is a safe and affordable community for families, couples and individuals at all stages in life, allowing residents to live the dream without breaking the bank. When considering a move to Chatham-Kent, visit the Chatham-Kent Association of Realtors to browse local listings and learn more about the affordable housing market.
Chatham-Kent is located in the heart of Southwestern Ontario; Highway 401 passes through Chatham-Kent, allowing residents to readily access neighbouring communities such as London, Windsor, and Sarnia within an hours' drive, and Toronto within three! Chatham-Kent is also within a one-hour drive of seven U.S. border crossings.
We border two beautiful freshwater lakes - Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair. Recreational opportunities are abundant with access to world-class fishing; three Provincial Parks (Clear Creek Forest, Wheatley, and Rondeau); two historic rivers, the Thames & Sydenham; and several conservation areas located directly on the northern migratory birding and butterfly routes. Chatham-Kent is also home to some of the most breathtaking trails, for those who enjoy scenic walks with nature. In addition, you'll find tennis courts, golf courses, skateboard parks, swimming pools, arenas and more.
The area is rich in history with national historic sites, and festival and events highlighting the region's significant involvement in the War of 1812, and the Underground Railroad, while also known for its celebration of classic cars with attractions including the Chatham-Kent Museum, and many large classic car festivals throughout the summer season
Wining and dining in Chatham-Kent is a delicious experience with many restaurants supporting the Buy Local Buy Fresh initiative. Wine connoisseurs will enjoy award-winning wines at Early Acres Winery, or a bottle of craft beer at one of Chatham-Kent's craft breweries, Bayside Brewery in Erieau or Sons of Kent in Chatham.
Chatham-Kent offers safe, welcoming and family-friendly communities; a geographic "sweet spot" location; and an active arts, culture and recreational scene—we continue to successfully engage our local residents while extending open arms in welcoming people baCK who are returning to live the good life, and new residents to the community. Most recently, Point2Homes released their list of Top Millennial Hot Spots in 2018, and Chatham-Kent is ranked as a Millennial Hotspot. Whether you are looking for the perfect place to start a family, grow a business, invest in your hobbies, or simply want a beautiful place to relax after work, Chatham-Kent has it all.
Come and see for yourself why there is so much to love about Living Chatham-Kent.