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SOMA businessesDiscover what dozens of smart companies have already learned about Southwestern Ontario: how our strategic location, lower costs and talented workforce make investing in Canada’s Industrial Heartland a wise choice.

1. Strategic Location

Located between Toronto and Detroit, we are Canada's Industrial Heartland – a major North American hub for manufacturing and innovation. Area manufacturers enjoy access to 5 NAFTA corridors and 6 Canada/USA border crossings and can reach 130,000,000 consumers with just 1 day’s shipping.


2. Competitive Business Costs

  • 30% lower corporate tax rate than U.S. average
  • 50% lower employer health care costs
  • Exchange on Canadian dollar contributes up to 25% added cost advantage

Source: Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure


3.800,000 Skilled Workers

Recruit your world class staff from our rich regional workforce of over 800,000

Source: Statistics Canada


4. $10 Billion Invested

Over $10 billion in private sector investment in plant and equipment in the last 3 years

Source Southwestern Ontario Marketing Alliance


5. Manufacturing Thrives Here

Our strategic advantages enable manufacturers in key sectors to outperform competitors located in other parts of the province.

Source: McSweeney & Associates from EMSI, 2009 - 2014