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Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie has a long and fascinating history as one of the oldest French settlements in North America, and was at the crossroads of the 3,000-mile fur trade route, which stretched from Montreal to Sault Ste. Marie and to the North country above Lake Superior. This area was originally called Baawitigong, meaning "place of the rapids," by the Ojibwa, who used the site as a regional meeting place during whitefish season in the St. Mary's Rapids.

After the visit of Étienne Brûlé in 1623, the French called it "Sault de Gaston" in honour of Gaston, Duke of Orléans, the brother of King Louis XIII of France. In 1668, French Jesuit missionaries renamed it Sault Sainte Marie, and a fur trading post was established and the settlement expanded to include both sides of the river.

Modern Sault Ste. Marie was founded because of its strategic location in the middle of the Great Lakes. It’s industrial history stretches back to 1894 when industrialist F.H. Clergue harnessed the hydro power of the rapids to establish an empire, including a steel company and paper mill. From this time, the community has emerged as a resilient one that enjoys its beautiful surroundings and position as a border community, situated on the international boundary between Ontario and Michigan.

From its rich history and quality-of-life benefits, to its growing economy and competitive advantages for businesses, Sault Ste. Marie is a great place to live, learn, work and play.

The Sault Ste. Marie area has a population of more than 125,000. The community is experiencing unprecedented growth as a result of economic diversification efforts and the city's numerous competitive advantages.

For a more detailed look at Sault Ste. Marie, download our Community Profile.

Also, visit www.welcometossm.com to learn more about Sault Ste. Marie and how you can achieve Work. Life. Balance in the north!

Sudbury

Greater Sudbury is quickly expanding with a thriving population of more than 165,000 residents, and nearly half a million people living within a 160 km (100 mi) radius. Our strategic location and strong industrial base combined with our highly-skilled workforce , Greater Sudbury is ideally-positioned to support your business on both the customer and consumer sides.

The City of Greater Sudbury’s entrepreneurial spirit began with our mining industry. Our success in mining and its support services created a robust ecosystem that’s allowed other sectors to thrive.

Entrepreneurship is still a cornerstone of our economy today with nearly 9,000 small- and medium-sized businesses that operate in our community. We’ve attracted top talent and researchers from around the world as we’ve branched out into our key sectors, which continue to build on our strengths and feed the growth of our community.

Learn more about why Sudbury is a great place for your next business investment opportunity: investsudbury.ca

North Bay

North Bay is a diverse community that offers a perfectblend of opportunity and easy living. With a population of

approximately 51,553 and a trading area of 112,000, North Bay offers economic advantages with easy access to larger

Canadian and U.S. markets. North Bay is located three hours north of Canada’s largest city, Toronto, Ontario and three-and–a-half hours west of the nation’s capital, Ottawa, Ontario. North Bay attracts and retains businesses within a

variety of sectors. With a state-of-the-art Regional Health Centre, coupled with two world-class postsecondary

institutions, North Bay’s workforce continues to expand. North Bay’s diverse business community, abundant amenities, and progressive opportunities for growth make the City an ideal place for investment.

Refer to: https://www.cityofnorthbay.ca/media/13004/north-bay-community-profile.pdf

Timmins

Timmins is an ideal location for business development, offering solid resource-based industries, a well-educated bilingual workforce, superior telecommunications infrastructure, and a variety of post-secondary institutions.  It also boasts a quality of living where all four seasons can be enjoyed, where outdoor activities are minutes from your doorstep, and where everyone is welcome to enjoy the spirit of the North.

Refer to: http://www.timminsedc.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Timmins-Community-Profile-May-2015-EN.pdf

Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay, located in the centre of Canada, is a vibrant community with a metro population of more than 120,000 residents. We are industrious, knowledgeable and creative. Our confidence in where we live and work inspires and nourishes our commitment to build a strong community.

Refer to:  https://www.thunderbay.ca/en/business/resources/8pg_template_site_selectors_final1.pdf