Lakefront living, award-winning wineries, golf courses to challenge every level of player, farmers’ markets, a temperate climate and festivals almost every weekend are just a few many advantages of living and playing in the Windsor-Essex Region.
According to Statistics Canada residents of Essex County can take comfort knowing they live in some of the country’s safest communities. In the region, the Towns of LaSalle, Amherstburg and Kingsville were ranked among the top 10 safest communities in the country. Also, ranked highly were the Towns of Essex, Lakeshore, Tecumseh and the Municipality of Leamington and the City of Windsor.
Windsor-Essex Regional Facts:
- The Town of Amherstburg is rich in history, beautiful landscapes, a state- of- the-art recreation complex - Libro Credit Union Centre (Libro Centre) and exciting festival and events, provide an engaging healthy lifestyle to its residents. As an incentive, the town offers no commercial and industrial development fees.
- The Town of Essex is nestled in the centre of Essex County and offers a unique blend of an urban and rural lifestyle – expanding walking trails and bikeways combined with community recreation centres, including a state-of-the-art arena Essex Centre Sports Complex. The town offers incentives such as no development charges for new or expanding industrial development as well as funding for the rehabilitation of commercial buildings and the redevelopment of vacant properties.
- The Town of Kingsville is known for their wide variety of agriculture and industry – from vegetable greenhouses to award winning wineries – which play an important role in tourism. Kingsville’s downtown is filled with unique shops and restaurants offering distinct character and varied menu selections reflecting the multi-cultural of the community.
- The Town of Lakeshore and its 35,000+ residents are very proud of their $62 million recreation facility – Atlas Tube Centre. Many auto-related supply plants, tool and mold shops are located in Lakeshore along with an experienced labour force. A provincially certified investment ready site is available in Lakeshore.
- The Town of LaSalle is home to the Vollmer Cultural and Recreation Complex which has something for everyone - 28 soccer fields, 6 softball and 2 hardball diamonds, many trails and hills for group runs/walks, picnic pavilions, an outdoor amphitheater, a skateboard park, and parking for 1,000 cars.
- The Municipality of Leamington is home to the largest concentration of greenhouses in North America. They offer 100% discount on development fees for residential and non-residential as well a Community Improvement Plan (CIP) – a financial incentive program to help reduce costs of rehabilitating and improving building in designated areas.
- Pelee Island is Canada’s most southern destination. The island’s climatic characteristics have helped support plant and animal life not found in other parts of the country. It is also home to the award winning Pelee Island Winery.
- The Town of Tecumseh has a manufacturing-centric labour force with support industries attuned to manufacturing and processing. The town also has an abundance of clean water available to support bio-processing industries.
- The City of Windsor has Canada’s busiest gateway to the NAFTA Trade Corridor. It provides unparalleled access to major transportation links on both sides of the border. To support investment, financial incentives are available in strategic areas: development charges for commercial (non-industrial) and residential property is zero in core areas; Economic Revitalization Community Improvement Plan for targeted economic sectors; incentives for Brownfield Redevelopment Community Improvement Plan to clean up and redevelop brownfield sites.