Our Unique Advantage


Key Forestry Companies

Sault Ste. Marie is ideally and strategically located to access 76% of the province's wet land through the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Forest and N.D. Boreal Forest. There are more than 40 sawmills in Northern Ontario, with many located in the region surrounding Sault Ste. Marie.

Sault Ste. Marie also boasts an industrial supplier base to support the forestry sector. Local capabilities include CNC fabricating, machining, metalworking, tool & die, light metal stamping, research and development, engineering and technical services.

As well, with its position on the U.S. border and the Trans-Canada Highway, the community is uniquely located with access to an existing value-added wood supply base in the United States and southern Ontario.

Wood processing facilities in Sault Ste. Marie include:

The community is also home to cutting-edge forestry research facilities. For instance:

  • The MNR operates its Ontario Forestry Research Institutein the Sault, which houses 50 specialized staff with expertise in a variety of forestry disciplines, such as ecology, silviculture, soils and hydrology, biochemistry, pathology, and climate change.
  • Natural Resources Canada operates another cutting-edge research institute in Sault Ste. Marie, the Great Lakes Forestry Centre, which focuses on forest pests, climate change and forest fire studies, and forest ecosystem research.