With over 2,000 farms operating more than 500,000 acres of crop, agriculture and agri-business represent Sarnia-Lambton’s second largest economic sector. The local industry consists of some of
Ontario’s largest volumes of traditional cash crop and animal production but, has grown to include thriving value-added agriculture opportunities. Tying into the region’s booming bio-based economy, emerging food and beverage manufacturing industry, and established research and development capabilities, Sarnia-Lambton provides the resources necessary for value-added agriculture businesses to thrive and succeed.
Businesses invest here because of the region’s excellent location, access to raw materials and transportation routes to markets of the world, and supply of experienced labour, which together create an ecosystem that ensures the value-added agriculture industry a vibrant future – placing Sarnia-Lambton at the top of the competition.
Why Choose Sarnia-Lambton?
- Market access to 400 Million people via road, rail, and deep-sea port transportation infrastructure, including a strategic location on the Canada/USA border.
- Immediate access to raw materials including Ontario’s largest volume of soybeans, 2nd largest volume of sugar beets, 3rd largest volume of corn and wheat, all in the heart of the province’s agricultural core.
- Partnership and value-chain opportunities as part of the bio-based economy within the Sarnia-Lambton Hybrid Chemistry Cluster.
- Affordable energy with opportunities to save 35-40% on electricity cost compared to Ontario averages due to “behind-the-fence” energy pricing.
- Established process infrastructure, ideally suited to large-scale value-added agriculture industries, can save new projects up to 20% on capital costs.
- Strong government support including a competitive corporate tax environment, incentives, and grants.
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