For years, Windsor and Essex County business leaders and residents have quietly accepted that the place they call home is Canada’s best-kept secret.
With the future beckoning, it’s time to let the rest of the world in on our secret. Built on manufacturing, but driven by innovation, Windsor-Essex is not only North America’s industrial powerhouse, but has emerged as an international hub for automation.
Parts suppliers and mold makers are at the forefront of developing and applying state-of-the-art technologies that sharpen their competitive edge in a global marketplace where disruption is the norm.
Home to the largest machine, tool, die and mold hub in North America, Windsor-Essex boasts four of the top 10 mold makers in the hemisphere.
At the heart of this dynamic industry is a highly-skilled workforce of designers, engineers and technicians with expertise in robotics, light-weight materials, alternative fuels, 3D printing and design of production lines.
As well as advanced manufacturing, the regional economy encompasses a variety of vibrant sectors, including agri-business, life sciences, transportation, and logistics and warehousing as well as a burgeoning high-tech hub that has drawn the attention of Silicon Valley.
Both Windsor and its neighbouring municipalities of LaSalle, Tecumseh, Lakeshore, Amherstburg, Essex, Kingsville, Leamington and Pelee Island are ideally positioned to offer unparalleled economic and lifestyle opportunities.
About $500 million in international trade crosses the Windsor-Detroit border daily, all headed to consumer-rich markets, many within a day’s drive.
Our region’s proximity to the U.S. allows local companies, municipalities and post-secondary educational institutions to forge cross- border research partnerships such as autonomous vehicle technologies and developing a smart border.
The region’s designation as a Foreign Trade Zone by the federal government as well as one of the top 10 best locations in Canada for investment in 2017 by Site Selection Magazine is another reason to invest in Windsor-Essex.
As Canada’s fourth most culturally diverse region where 101 distinct languages are spoken, we are a welcoming community, offering newcomers the opportunity to succeed.
Housing costs are among the most affordable in the country and our climate is the most temperate.
Our robust economy, world-class medical facilities, top-notch educational institutions as well as easy access to cultural amenities on both sides of the border make Windsor-Essex an ideal location for entrepreneurs and families.