Key Facts & Figures

Key Benefits

Enjoy the excitement and diversity of a metropolitan area combined with the cozy atmosphere of a small community. Take advantage of the benefits of being immersed in an area that excels in high technology and manufacturing. Explore all of the opportunities of a two nation destination. There are a number of reasons to make the Windsor-Essex Region your number one choice.

  • Intelligent: The Windsor-Essex Region was named one of the Top 7 Most Intelligent Communities in the world by the Intelligent Community Forum in 2011.
  • Awards & Recognition: fDi Magazine (a publication of the Financial Times of London) ranked Windsor-Essex among theTop 10 American Cities of the Future for 2011-2012 and including the following rankings:
    • 2nd for Economic Potential
    • 5th for Infrastructure
    • 6th for Foreign Direct Investment Promotion Strategy
    • 7th overall Large City
  • Customer Reach: Windsor-Essex is located at the heart of the richest consumer market in the world, where more than 50% of the North American population lives within an 8-hour drive. (Read more now.)
  • Busiest International Border: Windsor-Detroit is the busiest border crossing point between Canada and the US with approximately 1/3 of all trade crossing the border here. There are 5 surface border crossing points in Windsor-Detroit: the Ambassador Bridge, the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, the Detroit-Windsor Truck Ferry, a railway tunnel and the Port of Windsor. (Read more now.)
  • Manufacturing Strength: Over 25% of employed persons work in the manufacturing sector and there is a higher proportion of industrial and manufacturing engineers in the Windsor-Essex workforce than in any other urban area in Canada.
  • Education Excellence: Our world-class post-secondary educational facilities are the University of Windsor and St. Clair College of Applied Arts & Technology. The University has approximately 16,000 students and St. Clair has approximately 20,000 students.
  • Quality of Life: 105 miles of shoreline, 30 marinas, 15 museums and galleries, beautiful golf courses, a national park, wildlife and conservation areas, historic forts and lakeside retreats. (Read more now.)