Our Unique Advantage


Community Profile

From our rich history and quality-of-life benefits, to our growing economy and competitive advantages for businesses, Sault Ste. Marie is a great place to live, learn work and play. To learn more, visit our Invest Sault Ste. Marie website.

Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront


The Sault Ste. Marie area has a population of more than 125,000. The community is experiencing unprecedented growth as a result of economic diversification efforts and the city's numerous competitive advantages.

Competitive Advantages

Strategically located at the heart of the Great Lakes, on the U.S. border and at the centre of Canada.

Low cost of doing business, including affordable real estate, low taxes and no development charges.

Numerous government incentive programs available.

With these, and many more, competitive advantages, Sault Ste. Marie is a great place to do business.

Quality of Life

Short commute times from home to work.

Affordable real estate.

A stone's throw from the great outdoors.

From its pristine waterfront to its bustling arts community, Sault Ste. Marie has a high quality of life that's second to none. Nestled at the heart of the Great Lakes, the community is a four-season wonderland, offering a vibrant and healthy lifestyle for everyone.

Memory Lane

Sault Ste. Marie is one of the oldest settlements in North America. For at least 2,000 years, people have lived beside the rapids of the St. Mary's River. These folks included Jesuit Missionaries, explorers, voyageurs, artists, soldiers and traders.

The rapids provided an ideal environment for fish gathering, and for centuries communities of Ojibwa lived close to the river, as their livelihood was based on whitefish.

With a mission established by French Jesuits in 1668, claiming of the area by Simon-François Daumont de Saint-Lusson, in the name of Louis XIV of France, and fur trading posts soon after, this was one of the oldest European settlements in Canada.

Sault Ste. Marie features cultured past, and remnants of this rich history can be found there today.