Hamilton Economic Development

Transportation Gateway

In the global economy, the movement of goods in an efficient and cost-effective manner is critically important to local companies; and Hamilton is at the centre of it all!

Hamilton’s location at the western end of Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe provides businesses with easy access to a network of highways, international rail lines, and the Port of Hamilton. Local air connections to international destinations are close by with John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, Lester B. Pearson International Airport in Toronto and Buffalo Niagara International Airport just across the border in New York.

The Queen Elizabeth Way provides ready access to both the Greater Toronto Area, a regional market of over 6 million people, and Highway 401. Highway 401 is the Canadian link to the NAFTA super highway connecting Ontario with the I-75 serving Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida and the I-90 connections to the eastern seaboard. With the U. S. border only an hour’s drive away, Hamilton is within half a day’s drive of key major urban markets in the United States.

The Port of Hamilton is the busiest port in all of the Great Lakes; Hamilton’s John C. Munro International Airport is Canada’s top multi-modal cargo and courier airport and Ontario’s only 24-hour inter-modal cargo hub, Canada’s two national railways, CP and CN, provide complete rail freight services across North America for Hamilton’s industries and the city has a complete highway and ring road system to move goods throughout the city quickly.

The marine domain has increased leaps and bounds in the past few decades, necessitating port and habour facilities to accomodate these ever-increasing requirements especially here on the Canadian Great Lakes system.  This is precisely why every type of business is focusing on ensuring that their port requiremnts are leading edge – which is the real success of the Port of Hamilton which provides the needs of any industry operators and shippers.

Yes, the Port of Hamilton has warranted that its port infastructure is the biggest and best all across the Great Lakes and that’s why so many industries find Hamilton their number one choice for all their shipping needs.

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Ranked Canada's most diversified economy, home to Canada's busiest multi-modal cargo airport, the busiest port on the Canadian Great Lakes, and centrally located within a one hour drive to Toronto, Waterloo and the Niagara/US Border, Hamilton is at the center of it all. With two internationally renowned post-secondary institutions in the city (surrounded by 23 other), a diverse and learned workforce and both ample greenfield and urban sites upon which to build, we're ready for your investment.

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