Ontario's distribution networks
Ontario is a natural distribution centre for major markets in North
America. One look at the map tells the story. Ontario's food producers
and food processors are located in the heart of a market of more
than 450 million prosperous consumers. Forty per cent of North American
consumers live within a day's drive of Toronto, Ontario's largest
Ontario: a proud member of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement)
NAFTA has opened up trade among Canada, the United States and
Mexico. It has created a transparent, rules-based trade and investment
environment for Canada-based exporters and investors to keep trade
About our transportation infrastructure
Ontario's transportation systems are well integrated with
U.S. and global systems.
- High-speed highways and rail networks with
advanced traffic-management systems support just-in-time deliveries.
They connect Ontario with markets across Canada, the United States
and Latin America.
- International inland marine lines
offer shipping to ports throughout the Great Lakes and around
- International air cargo speed small-volume,
high-value shipments. There are five international and 80 regional
airports in the province. Leading business centres in Ontario
are only a short flight from major North American cities. These
include New York, Chicago and Boston.
With easy access to ingredients and global markets, Ontario has
emerged as a leading North American hub for world-class food processing.
- Fifteen road, rail and marine border-crossings provide access
to the U.S. market.
- Ontario's largest city, Toronto, is located within one
day's drive of almost 160 million consumers. The U.S. states
within this radius are home to almost half of the U.S. population.
- The border crossing between Windsor, in southern Ontario, and
Detroit, in the northern United States, is the busiest trade corridor
in North America. Every year, more than 16 million trucks and
cars and $140 billion in goods pass through this gateway.
- Ontario's largest airport, Toronto's Pearson International,
is serviced by more than 75 airlines. They provide direct routes
to 50 cities in the United Sates and 105 cities abroad.