- Local market presence that includes S.C. Johnson and Son, Sure-Gro Corporation, JEMPAK Canada Inc., Home Hardware, Apotex Pharmachem Inc., Methapharm Inc./ACIC, Ingenia Polymers, Procter and Gamble
- High quality, skilled workforce
- Competitive wage levels
- Low cost electricity
- Cost competitive business conditions
- Proximity to McMaster University, one of North America's Top 10 Engineering Schools
- Within 80-miles of nine major Universities and eight colleges
- Proximity to major US and Canadian automotive and plastics markets
Ontario Market – Key Facts
Of the 10 largest chemical companies in the world, eight have operations in Ontario. During the past decade, the average annual profits of industrial chemical companies in Canada have been double those of companies in the U.S.
A Snapshot of Ontario's chemical industry:
- 50,870 employees
- 19.8 billion in revenues
- 11.9 billion in exports
Ontario’s chemical companies are mostly concentrated in three clusters:
Sarnia is Canada’s largest cluster of chemical, allied manufacturing and R&D facilities. It includes companies such as Basell Canada Inc., Dow Chemical Canada Inc., INVISTA, LANXESS (formerly Bayer Inc.), NOVA Chemicals Corporation, Shell Canada Products and Terra International (Canada) Inc.
Greater Toronto Area
Chemical companies in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) produce lubricants, paints, medical gases for home and hospital use, laundry detergent, adhesives and more. Recochem, Hercules, Arkema and Cognis all have operations in the GTA.
Chemicals from Ontario East go into fleece jackets, seatbelts, airbags and many other high-tech fabrics and products. Industry leaders in the cluster include 3M, BASF, Kemira, Nitrochem and Procter & Gamble.
Source: Camford Information Services (7/2006)
Ontario's Chemical Manufacturing Sector
Source: Ontario Investment Service (www.investinontario.com),September 2008
Download a Brochure on Ontario's Chemical Industry in PDF format.