Strathroy-Caradoc is a growing and vibrant municipality centrally located in southwestern Ontario, Canada, between Toronto and Detroit. We are a dynamic combination of urban and rural areas which provide opportunities for a range of business and industry. Whether manufacturing, agri-business, or logistical operations, Strathroy-Caradoc has an established business community of industry innovators and leaders.
Our industrial and business parks contain the modern infrastructure needed to help your business succeed. We offer easy access to regional and international markets, with direct access to rail and trucking routes to the nearby United States border. Our labour force is highly skilled with competitive wage and benefit rates.
We pride ourselves on our business-friendly culture and can ensure timely development approvals and very competitive tax and utilities rates.
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|Demographic and Census Information|
In 2011, Strathroy-Caradoc had a population of 20,978, representing a percentage change of 5.1% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.
Land area is 274.12 square kilometres with a population density of 76.5 people per square kilometre. This compares to the provincial land area of 908,607.67 square kilometres with a population density of 14.1 people per square kilometre.
In 2011, Strathroy-Caradoc had 7,967 occupied private dwellings. That's up 6.4% from 2006 figures. For Canada as a whole, the number of occupied private dwellings increased 7.1%.
For more information, visit the Statistics Canada website.
|The Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc is served by two fully-serviced industrial parks to meet the needs of all manner of business and industry. From large prestige industrial parcels with frontage on Highway 402 to small contracting and warehouse space, these parks feature easy access to the 400-series highways, direct rail access, and all with the modern amenities and infrastructure required for industry today.
Molnar Industrial Park
Molnar Industrial Park is located in the north end of Strathroy fronting onto Highway 402, with direct highway access within less than 2 km. Home to the Municipality's largest industrial operations, the park features about 150 acres of serviced vacant industrial land, some with direct exposure onto Highway 402. The park is also home to a diverse mix of some of the community's leading industries such as Bonduelle North America, Meridian Magnesium, Wolfe/Parmerit, Vari-Form, AccuCaps and Andersen Windows among others.
High Street Industrial Park
Centrally located in Strathroy, the High Street Industrial Park features about 150 acres of established industrial and commercial lands, including a diverse mix of some of the community's leading industries such as Bonduelle North America, Meridian Magnesium Products Division and Global Technology Centre, Agribrands Purina Canada Inc., Pentacast Inc., Langs Bus Lines, Autotube, and Sansin Corporation among others. The area also includes a number of smaller industrial facilities and properties, some with direct rail access to the Canadian National Railways Toronto-Chicago Mainline. Access to Highway 402 is located about 3.5 km from the Park.
Available Land & Buildings
To obtain additional information regarding available land and buildings in Strathroy-Caradoc, please visit the following link:
Centrally located in southwestern Ontario adjacent to Highway 402, and well serviced by Canadian National Railways, Strathroy-Caradoc is only a short trip to the important markets in Ontario and has easy access to much of the Great Lakes Region. It is less than an hour drive to a US border crossings and a direct connection to Highway 401 is less than 20 minutes away on Highway 402. Companies located in Strathroy-Caradoc can reach over 120 million consumers within one-day's shipping time.
Additionally, Strathroy-Caradoc is within driving distance to a number of Ontario's major urban centres and educational and medical institutions, as well as areas of recreational and natural heritage.
Selected Distances to Market in Kilometres
Located within a 2-hour drive of Strathroy-Caradoc
The following provides approximate employee numbers for the largest private and public sector employees in Strathroy-Caradoc (data current to 2012).
|Our location provides direct access by rail and road with nearby links to air and water, allowing for the easy flow of goods and people to North American and world markets. Local companies and industries can reach over 120 million consumers within one day's shipping time.
Passenger and Freight Service
Strathroy-Caradoc is situated on the Canadian National Railway mainline running between Toronto and Chicago. Passenger and freight service between US and Canadian centres is frequent.
Direct Links to International Airports
Business travellers enjoy direct bus service between Strathroy-Caradoc and the Pearson International Airport in Toronto and the International Airports in London and Hamilton. These bus links are used by vacation and business travellers alike because of the many scheduled daily returns.
International Highway Connections
Our location along Highway 402, means companies in Strathroy-Caradoc can easily reach the wide North American consumer market. Highway 402 is a vital four-lane link to the Sarnia - Port Huron border crossing, connecting to Interstates 94 and 75 in the United States. Additionally the 402 also connects to other 400-Series highways that lead west to Windsor and Detroit and east through Central Ontario, Toronto, and on to the Ontario/Quebec border. Strathroy-Caradoc is served by many transportation companies including companies with their own fleets.
|Utilities and Rates|
The Strathroy Water System receives water from the Lake Huron Primary Water Supply System. The pipeline for this project was installed in 2005 and has a capacity of 54 700 m3/day. The current average day flow for Strathroy in 2010 was 4 795 m3/day. The pipeline is projected to provide a minimum 40 year water supply. Schedule of 2016 rates (PDF [329 kB]).
Sanitary Sewer Collection System
The Strathroy Sewage Treatment Plant was upgraded in 2000 to a capacity of 10 000 m3/day. The 2010 average daily flow for the facility was 5 282 m3/day. The facility was designed based on a 20 year horizon with expansion forecasted in 2020. Schedule of 2016 rates (PDF [329 kB]).
Water/Wastewater Industrial Comparison Study
View the 2014 BMA Management Consultants Study (PDF [2 MB]) on the comparison of water/wastewater costs for industry in Ontario communities.
Hydro services for Strathroy are provided by Entegrus Powerlines Inc. The substation is located 5 km away from the Molnar Industrial Park. Entegrus reports no power quality or capacity issues in the Industrial Park. The Industrial Park also has the advantage of having two hydro feeds (one Municipal/one Ontario Hydro). Entegrus indicates that the feeds may be switched in the event that there is an emergency, thus limiting the impact. Additional information on development inquiries, rates and charges can be obtained by contacting the following:
Gas services distribution services are provided by Union Gas Limited. Additional information on development inquiries, rates and charges can be obtained by contacting the following:
|With its central location, easy access from Highway 402, and a well-maintained county road system, Strathroy-Caradoc has a labour pool of almost a quarter of a million people to draw from.
Additionally, close to half a million people live within a 30-minute drive of Strathroy-Caradoc. This includes London and St. Thomas. We have a diversified and well-educated workforce with over 40% having completed postsecondary education. Of these, 80% have received certificates or diplomas from technical/business colleges and trade schools.
A low rate of unionization also makes Strathroy-Caradoc an attractive place for business. Within our top 5 automotive businesses only 1 is unionized. Hourly wage rates on average vary from $14 to $33.
Further, all 5 companies substantiate that hiring of qualified personnel has never been an issue.
Top 5 Automotive Parts Manufacturers in Strathroy-Caradoc
|Tax Rate Comparison|
The Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc is committed to ensuring that we manage our resources efficiently and minimize the impact to the taxpayer to maintain our competitive advantage. View our 2015 Property Tax Rate Comparison.
|Development charges are set at $3.04/sq. ft. ($32.71/sq. meter) of construction in the Strathroy Water & Sewer Service Area|
|Building Permit Fees|
|A minimum fee of $5,000.00 applies for the first 2,500 sq. ft of construction, and an additional $1.01/sq. ft. for the balance of the project.|
As the largest municipality in the County of Middlesex, Strathroy-Caradoc benefits from its strategic location. Direct access to rail and highway networks with nearby links to air and water transport allow for the easy flow of goods and people to North American and world markets. Local companies and industries can reach over 120 million consumers within one day's shipping time.
View the following links to watch video testimonials from some of Strathroy-Caradoc's leading industries:
These videos were developed by the Economic Development Department of the County of Middlesex. For more information related to Economic Development in Middlesex County, visit the Invest In Middlesex website.