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Sarnia's Industrial and Business Parks

The City of Sarnia occupies a 165 square-kilometre area of land in the northwest corner of Sarnia-Lambton, stretching south along the bank of the St. Clair River and east along the southern shore of Lake Huron. With a total population of 72,366, the city is the major urban centre for the Sarnia-Lambton region and the largest urban community on Lake Huron. It offers big city amenities with small town friendliness. 

With its vast network of petrochemical and refining complexes, the City of Sarnia and St. Clair Township to its south are known internationally as a significant industrial chemical centre. Although traditionally focused on the petrochemical and refining sector, Sarnia-Lambton has diversified significantly, particularly in power generation and bio research and commercialization.  The infrastructure already in place to service its petrochemcial and refining sector is ideal for manufacturing for bio and alternative energy industries.

The community is becoming known world-wide as a bio research and commercialization centre. Companies can work with scientists at Canada's Bioindustrial Inovation Centre, located in the City of Sarnia, to help them development "green" industrial products.

Sarnia is the region's major commercial and retail centre, and a deep-water marine port. Because of its location on the shores of Lake Huron and the St. Clair River, Sarnia and Lambton County also have a large and active tourism sector.

Industrial Land

Evidence of Sarnia's traditional petrochemical and refining focus, large manufacturing complexes are located along the Vidal Street Corridor in the south section of the City. An extensive infrastructure has been established to support the city's capital-intensive industries. Within existing plant sites, large parcels of industrial land are available Local plants are willing to make available raw materials and services to accommodate complementary manufacturing activities.

In addition to the Vidal Street area, two industrial zones with great development potential for general manufacturing, warehousing and transportation-related services are the Highway 402 corridor and the Highway 40 corridor. 

Bio-Industrial Park Sarnia

  • Parcels from 2 to 90 acres (.8 to 36 hectares) ideal for pilot plants, demonstration facilities, or full-scale manufacturing complexes; Park is owned by LANXESS
  • 720 foot (219 metre) marine terminal for ocean and lake freighter service
  • Serviced by CN and CSX rail
    • spur lines located throughout site
    • shunting tracking and scheduling shunt services can be provided by the Park
    • direct access to US Midwest and seaport of Halifax, Nova Scotia, via St. Clair River rail tunnel
  • Steam and electrical power available from neighbouring TransAlta Sarnia Regional Cogeneration Plant, a 506 Megawatt cogeneration facility constructed in 2002
    • favourable steam energy pricing
    • infrastructure in place to supply 450, 165, 15 psi steam pressures
    • can provide up to half a million pounds of steam per hour
    • 13.8 KV electrical hookup
  • Water - process or cooling water distribution system services the site, potable water, fire protection water
  • Waste water treatment capacity of 24,000 m3 (634 million US gallons)/day
  • Access to petrochemical pipeline chemicals and industrial gasses
  • Support services, including human resources and payroll accounting, medical services, security services, maintenance scheduling, tolling arrangements, employee lockers and shower facilities can be supplied by the Park  

 Bluewater Energy Park 

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  • 268 acres (108.5 hectares), with 170 acres (68.8 hectares) currently available
  • Ideal for heavy energy users; Park is owned by TransAlta
  • Marine dock for ocean and lake freighter service
  • Serviced by CN and CSX rail
    • spur lines located throughout site
    • shunting service available through CN and CSX
    • direct access to US Midwest and seaport of Halifax Nova Scotia via St. Clair River rail tunnel
    • CSX line links with CN and Canadian Pacific Rail
  • Steam and electrical power available from neighbouring TransAlta Sarnia Regional Cogeneration Plant, a 506 Megawatt cogeneration facility constructed in 2002
    • “behind the fence” electrical pricing for industries locating in the Park
  • 110,000 sq.ft. (10,219 sq. metres) laboratory and office complex
    • laboratories have excellent access to shipping and receiving facilities
    • conference room
    • available for lease on exclusive or shared basis, with energy and HVAC requirements subject to "behind the fence" pricing for manufacturing facilities within the Park

Sarnia 402 Business Park

  • 85 acres (34.4 hectares) divisible to suit client
  • On Provincial Highway 402
  • Five minutes to Ontario / Michigan border
  • Zoned for industry, office, and related uses
  • Services - Electrical, natural gas, water, sanitary sewers, storm water management
  • Owned by City of Sarnia



Sarnia Business & Research Park

  • 202 acres (81.7 hectares) divisible to suite client
  • Located next to The Research Park and The Bioinnovation Centre
  • Two minutes drive to Provincial Highway 402
  • Five minutes drive to Ontario / Michigan border
  • Zoned for light industrial
  • Services - electrical, natural gas, water, sanitary sewers
  • Owned by City of Sarnia 


Vidal Street Industrial Park

  • Located 300 Kenny Street, Sarnia
  • 50 acres (20 hectares) of heavy industry zoned land
  • 120,000a+ sq. ft. (14,000+ sq. meters) of indoor space for storage or warehousing
  • 2.5 acres (1 hectare) paved parking / lay down area
  • 600 rail car storage spots, 3 locomotives
  • Transloading, purging and flaring of rail cars on a daily basis
  • In the heart of the Sarnia-Lambton industrial area
  • Privately owned 

Chippewas of Sarnia Industrial Park

  • Located on Hwy. 40
  • Five minutes drive to Ontario / Michigan border
  • Light and Heavy Industrial land
  • Services - electrical, natural gas, water, sanitary and storm water services
  • Land owned by Aamjiwnaang First Nation and managed by Chippewas of Sarnia Industrial Developments (CIDL), a Band-owned company
  • Leasing Options
    • Under a property lease the band would assume ownership of the building at the end of the term agreement
    • Lot and building(s) constructed to the tenant's specifications
    • Lot and basic structure where the tenant has the responsibility to complete construction of the building(s) as leasehold improvements
  • What Tenants Pay
    • Land rental fees are negotiated on the basis of fair market value and a percentage of the appraised value per acre
    • Building rental fees are based on the value of the facilities and are usually changed on a per square footage basis.
    • Building service fees are based on the number of linear feet of lot frontage
    • Service fees reflect the costs incurred for the operation and maintenance of the park