Located on the Canada-USA border at the southern tip of the Province of Ontario, Sarnia-Lambton provides water, air, rail and direct highway access to the Great Lakes industrial corridor; a market of nearly 400 million people, or almost half of the North American population.
- The international Blue Water Bridge border crossing provides efficient border services for both people and goods travelling between the USA and Canada. The Blue Water Bridge currently ranks as the fourth busiest Ontario international crossing for total vehicles and is the second busiest for number of commercial vehicle (truck) crossings. These traffic volumes are expedited by state-of-the-art border facilities.
- Detroit and Interstate Highway 75 is just over a one hour drive, with 65% of the U.S. market within a one day drive.
- The Greater Toronto Area is just under a three hour drive with access to the Quebec and other markets via the 400 series highways.
- Located on the St. Clair River and Lake Huron, Sarnia-Lambton has direct access to the St. Lawrence Seaway marine shipping network.
- CN Rail’s international tunnel, which accommodates double stacked containers, connects Sarnia-Lambton to Michigan under the St. Clair River.
- Air access is available locally through the Sarnia Chris Hadfield Airport as well as nearby international airports such as London, Ontario and Detroit, MI.
- Sarnia-Lambton enjoys one of the mildest climates in the country. Located in one of the most southerly parts of Canada, Sarnia-Lambton’s latitude is comparable to Northern California.
Sarnia-Lambton is home to the first commercial oil well in Canada, founded in 1858, and subsequently became the country’s petrochemical and refining centre. Today, Sarnia-Lambton has a diverse range of industries and is growing a Biohybrid Chemistry Cluster, which is built upon the area’s established knowledge and existing infrastructure.
- In addition to fostering entrepreneurship and growing the creative economy, the industries that the area is recognized for include: chemical production, bio-based manufacturing and research, agriculture, automotive, engineering, instrumentation, metal and plastics fabrication, machining, and environmental solutions for process and various types of manufacturing industries.
- Sarnia-Lambton is respected as a key centre for research and development, engineering, and product-commercialization for the petrochemical and refining industries.
- The Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park, which is operated in partnership with the University of Western Ontario, is the location of The Bioindustrial Innovation Centre of Canada. Sarnia-Lambton is also home to world-class research and development facilities at Lambton College.
- Bio companies such as BioAmber, Woodland Biofuels, Comet Biorefining, and Suncor have chosen Sarnia-Lambton for their manufacturing or pilot plants to capitalize on the synergies offered by the Sarnia-Lambton Biohybrid Chemistry Cluster.
Our people are powering a sustainable world. Qualified, motivated and productive, our region’s workforce possesses internationally recognized expertise in environmental technology and management, process engineering, process operations, and metal fabrication.
- Nearly 130,000 people live in Sarnia-Lambton.
- Industries in the area enjoy direct access to a local workforce of 68,498 people (Source – Manifold Data Mining Inc. August 2015).
- Within an approximate 100 kilometre (60 mile) radius, there is a labour pool of more than 250,000 people.
- Local companies emphasize a smart safety culture, with intensive safety orientation and world-class safety training.
Sarnia-Lambton is a great place to live, work and play. It offers an appealing mix of big city amenities and small town friendliness while being surrounded by green farmland and clean sandy beaches.
- Housing is affordable –the price of a single family, detached home averages $238,000 (Sarnia Lambton Real Estate Board – March 2017) and a two bedroom apartment rents for $962 / month (CMHC – October 2016).
- Lake Huron’s clean, blue flag beaches offer a relaxed waterfront lifestyle.
- We have excellent schools and recreation facilities, and a superb health care system.
- Our road system makes getting around easy, without traffic congestion.
- With tourism as Sarnia-Lambton’s third-largest economic sector, tourists in addition to residents can enjoy such things as camping at the Pinery Provincial Park, live theatre, museums, art galleries, sailing on the St. Clair River and Lake Huron, and golfing on the many courses in Sarnia-Lambton.
“Top 21 Intelligent Community” – Intelligent Community Forum, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
North American “Micro-City of the Future – top five – best foreign direct investment strategy – City of Sarnia “fDi magazine”, 2009 / 2010
North American “Micro-City of the Future”, 3rd – City of Sarnia- “fDi magazine”, April/May, 2007