The Niagara region is one of the most prominent centres of international trade in North America.  Niagara shares an international border with the United States and facilitates a significant amount of people crossing and freight crossing between the United States and Canada.

strategic border advantage

The Niagara region is also the first Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) Point in Ontario, Canada. Under the FTZ program companies can access the following programs:

   FTZ Program Benefits

If you have any questions or require any information, please contact one of our qualified staff for assistance.

Niagara FTZ office moving to Fort Erie

The Niagara Foreign Trade Zone announced on April 15, 2016 to provide businesses with easy access to government programs that defer or eliminate duties and taxes from products destined for export – will be moving to Fort Erie in 2018, to share the town’s Economic Development and Tourism Corporation offices on Garrison Road.

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Niagara plans bi-national bid for Amazon HQ

Regional councillors unanimously approved a motion authorizing regional staff to submit a bid in response to the e-commerce giant’s request for proposals from communities interested in becoming home to the massive facility, expected to employ up to 50,000 workers and help to reel in the $5-billion investment. The bid would focus on the strengths offered by communities on both sides of the Niagara River such as Niagara’s foreign trade zone design, U.S. and local colleges and universities, as well as the Buffalo airport.

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Exciting news for foreign entrepreneurs!

Innovate Niagara a designated business incubator for Canada’s Start-up Visa program.

The Start-up Visa program is dedicated to foreign entrepreneurs with the potential to build innovative, scalable companies that contribute to the global economy.         

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Region to tap private sector for economic development guidance

The region’s economic development department is looking to recruit experts from a variety of fields in the private sector as well as the post-secondary education sector. The new working group will be tasked to help guide the Region’s long-term strategy and will be comprised of a little more than a dozen people representing Brock University and Niagara College, and sectors including finance, manufacturing, real estate, tourism, and agri-business.

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GE hires 10 for Welland facility

As work continues on on GE’s Welland Brilliant Factory, 10 of an expected 200 employees have been hired. The construction on the US $165-million facility is scheduled to be ready at the end of May 2018. The first group of employees will be very involved in selecting other employees that will work at the 45,000-square-metre facility under construction in Harry Diffin Industrial Park on the west side of Highway 140.

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Government of Canada designates Niagara Foreign Trade Zone Point
The government of Canada has announced the designation of the Niagara Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) Point, serving the region's 12 municipalities from east of Hamilton to the United States border.

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