Please see below a selection of the most commonly requested community profile information for companies looking to do business in Port Colborne:

 Demographics
The City of Port Colborne is a small, urban municipality located within the Regional Municipality of Niagara. As part of a region of over 440,000 people, Port Colborne has the charm of smaller communities, but the strategic advantages of a large city. 

View the demographics and vital statistics on Port Colborne

 Labour Force Profile
The City of Port Colborne has a highly developed pool of over 9,000 skilled workers in all industry sectors, many of whom have specialized knowledge and skills in manufacturing processes. Within 45 minutes driving time of Port Colborne is a labour force of over 200,000 people across the Niagara Region.

View the labour force statistics on Port Colborne and Niagara

Incentives

The City of Port Colborne offers incentives to investors and building owners through the form of Community Improvement Plans (CIP). The City currently offers CIPs for commercial, industrial, and residential revitalization. Contact the City of Port Colborne's Economic Development Officer for more information.

 Property Taxes
The City of Port Colborne collects property taxes on behalf of the City, the Regional Municipality of Niagara, and also collects the Provincial Education Tax. Taxes are determined by multiplying the specified rate by the assessed value of the property. Assessed property values in Ontario are set by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation.

View the current Port Colborne property tax rates

Transportation and Logistics

The City of Port Colborne, Ontario is strategically located on Niagara's South Coast on the shore of Lake Erie. The city is linked to a sophisticated highway network, with three provincial highways providing direct access to Port Colborne, King's Highways 3, 58, and 140. Located only 20 minutes from the US border, and one hour from the Greater Toronto Area, Port Colborne is within a day's drive of half of North America's purchasing power.

The City-owned Port Colborne Harbour Railway serves many industrial sites on the western side of Port Colborne. This short-line railway is operated by the locally owned Trillium Railway, and connects industries in Port Colborne to CN and CP mainlines adjacent to the community. The City is committed to exploring options to increase service on this line to further reduce freight costs for the many industries that rely on this strategic infrastructure.

Multi-modal transportation in Port Colborne also includes water and air. The presence of the Welland Canal in Port Colborne adds unique value and a competitive advantage. The Welland Canal serves as a vital link in the St. Lawrence Seaway system, connecting the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. The City's strong working relationship with the operator of the canal, The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, continually supports the businesses that rely on the Welland Canal to connect to markets around the world.

Three international airports and four regional airports are within 130 kilometres (80 miles) of Port Colborne. Toronto Pearson International AirportJohn C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, and Buffalo Niagara International Airport are all major hubs for regional and international air traffic. All three airports also offer air freight and logistics services. Serving the regional market, the Billy Bishop Toronto City AirportNiagara Falls International AirportNiagara District Airport, and the Welland/Niagara Central Airport offer varying levels service from scheduled flights to charter services and some freight operations.

Small Business Services

Port Colborne is served by three organizations that provide small business services and financing to entrepreneurs. The City can also provide assistance with establishing your small business.

To view a list of businesses in Port Colborne, please visit our business directory. 

Education and Training

Located close to Port Colborne are several renown post-secondary institutions. Brock University and Niagara College are both located 20 minutes from Port Colborne, while McMaster University and Mohawk College are in nearby Hamilton, Ontario. 

Port Colborne is home to eight primary schools and two secondary schools, with education available in both English and French. Serving Port Colborne are the District School Board of Niagara, the Niagara Catholic District School Board, the Conseil scolaire Viamonde, and the Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud. Post-secondary education is available in Niagara at several different institutions.

Economic Development Strategy
A key objective is to create a new Economic Development and Tourism division at the City, focused on supporting local businesses and partnering with key stakeholders on resiliency and recovery initiatives, while attracting more residential growth, commercial and industrial investment, and tourism.
Quality Lifestyle
Whether you are a cycling enthusiast, cross-country skier, or you love to fish, Port Colborne offers world-class facilities for your recreational hours including well-groomed golf courses, marinas, arenas, pools, and miles of sandy beaches.


Nearby Sherkston Shores, a family entertainment resort, boasts one of the longest beaches in the area with over 3 km of white, sandy beachfront to enjoy.

Port Colborne has a very active arts community with its own theatre, museum, and art galleries. Port Colborne is also less than a hour's drive to the Buffalo Philharmonic and Niagara's famous Shaw Festival Theatre. For the sports buff, the NHL Buffalo Sabres, CFL Hamilton Tiger Cats and NFL Buffalo Bills are all within a 30 minute drive.

Port Colborne is home to all the amenities to make your lifestyle comfortable such as a highly respected hospital, quality nursing homes, efficient community services, outstanding schools, churches, convenient shopping facilities and affordable homes.

Destination trips to cities such as Toronto, St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and Buffalo are within minutes away with a highway infrastructure which includes direct access to the QEW via Highways #140 and #406. Bus transportation is also available to other municipalities within the Niagara Region as well as to Hamilton, Toronto and Buffalo.

Affordable Housing
Port Colborne has outstanding new housing developments to choose from. You can also find beautifully maintained older homes in charming, historic neighbourhoods. These choices are available at a fraction of the cost of homes in a major urban centre, even below the average housing costs of other small communities.
Community Organizations
A good indicator of pride and a strong sense of community in any locale is in the number of clubs and service groups. In that sense, Port Colborne is certainly a vital, active and concerned community.

There are more than 47 major service organizations performing different functions and services in Port Colborne. More information about any of these organizations can be obtained from the City of Port Colborne Community Services Division or by visiting the Groups & Organizations page.