Goderich has been a key port in Ontario since it was a trading post. With the only deep-water port on the east side of Lake Huron, expansion plans are paving the way for new businesses and residents to arrive. The Town took control of its port via the federal government’s Port Divestiture Program in 1999, as the largest revenue-generator out of 300 regional ports in Canada. With a $29 million refurbishment over the last 15 years from user fees, the Town continues to become a modern hub.

Now, another $16 million is being put towards an infrastructure program, creating new land to increase shipping activity and add an incentive for businesses to set up shop in the Town.

“The expansion project provides opportunities for relocating or existing industry to enter into leases with the Town and improve access to the St Lawrence Seaway & Hwy H2O, leading to more marine shipping and fewer trucks on the road,” says Larry McCabe, Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Goderich. “With this infrastructure in place, we are ready for industry to come and do business.”

McCabe points out that this is an opportunity for aggregate, potash or other agricultural products to lease the new port lands.

Open for business

Economic Development Officer, Linda Sicoli says, “There is so much opportunity here and by investing wisely in innovation to improve our ability to compete in Canadian and world markets, we are ready to operate at the speed of business.”

Mayor Kevin Morrison indicates “These are exciting times for Goderich and our smart growth strategies will bring investment, newcomers and tourism into the local economy”.

In 2011, a powerful F3 tornado damaged the Town’s downtown core and residential neighbourhoods, all now rebuilt and modernized with high-tech additions. High-speed fibre optic technology is now available throughout the municipality, and new home builds loom on the horizon, further strengthening the local economy and increasing opportunity for growth in Goderich.

“Although we might be known as the ‘prettiest town in Canada’ due to our natural beauty and Victorian-inspired architecture,” says McCabe, “Goderich appeals to those who can work remotely and desire a high quality of life for their family that includes first class recreation and sunset beaches, just a two-and-a-half hour drive from the GTA.”