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Our business-friendly environment, superb transportation infrastructure and a significant raw sugar cost advantage make Ontario, Canada the place to expand your confectionery business – be a part of a $2.4 billion industry.
All raw sugar imports enter Canada duty free.
All raw sugar imports enter Canada duty free. Canada is one of the few countries in the developed world with no regulated sugar program. Aligning prices closely with world market raw sugar prices means you can sell at prices below those of almost all other industrial nations – often two to three times lower than in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Additionally, most manufactured products containing sugar trade freely in the $20-trillion NAFTA region, giving Ontario manufacturers a significant cost advantage in competing internationally.
Confectioners in Ontario have access to a reliable supply of raw and refined sugar at a great price.
Bulk raw sugar reaches Ontario ports in ocean-going cargo vessels carrying on average 25,000 tonnes at a time. Here it is refined to separate the pure sugar crystals from molasses, plant residue and impurities.
Canada's lower manufacturing business costs provide the greatest cost advantage in the G7. You'll get more for your money in Ontario. The combined federal-provincial manufacturing income tax rate is one of the lowest in North America and lower than neighbouring jurisdictions.
In Ontario your bottom line benefits from generous government incentives and credits, competitive corporate taxes, labour costs, R&D costs and more. Combined with federal R&D programs, Ontario's R&D program can reduce your after-tax cost of every $100 in R&D to between $61 and $37 . You'll also save on costs and streamline your business's healthcare and health insurance operations through Ontario's universal healthcare system. Ontario offers lower health care insurance costs than the U.S. In fact, the average cost to employers in the U.S. is about double the cost as it is in Ontario.
Ontario is at the centre of the US$20-trillion market under NAFTA, and a $2.4 billion industry in our province.
Located in the heart of North America, Ontario is at the centre of the US$20-trillion market under NAFTA, and a $2.4 billion industry in our province. Our superb transportation infrastructure (road, rail, air, water) provides you with:
Ontario has 14 convenient land border crossings into the U.S. and over 250,000 kilometres of roads and highways. Marine lines offer shipping options to ports throughout the Great Lakes and around the world. Our rail networks reach across North America. Ontario's five major international airports and 80 regional airports put you and your team just a short flight from major North American business centres and markets including Detroit, Chicago, New York and Boston.
Many other large and small Ontario businesses support the confectionery sector.
Many other large and small Ontario businesses support the confectionery sector, with high quality raw ingredients, and specialized technology, packaging and transportation.
Ontario is home to four sugar facilities.
Get fast, just-in-time delivery of abundant, high quality locally grown produce via Ontario's excellent transportation infrastructure.
Companies including Barry Callebaut, Blommer Chocolate Company, Cargill and Ingredion Incorporated provide ingredients for the confectionery industry, such as sugar, sweeteners, cocoa, chocolate, corn syrup, maple syrup and honey.
With nearly 40% of Canada's sugar and confectionery manufacturing companies located in Ontario, our packagers, warehousing, distribution, equipment, specialized storage and transportation suppliers know your sector and can provide customized solutions to fit your specific needs.
You'll find it easy to recruit the talent you need to grow your investment in Ontario.
You'll find it easy to recruit the talent you need to grow your investment in Ontario. About 67% of adults in Ontario have completed their post-secondary education—a higher rate than any OECD country (including the U.S.). Ontario's manufacturing workers average 10+ years of on-the-job experience, translating into lower training costs for you.
Our network of 44 universities and colleges is training the next generation of workers through world-class programs in agriculture, food and nutritional sciences, culinary arts, engineering, technology, entrepreneurship and business management.
Do you have customers in China and suppliers in Brazil? No matter what language they speak, it's likely to be one of the more than 200 languages spoken in Ontario. These include Chinese (both Cantonese and Mandarin), Japanese, Korean, Tagalog, Portuguese, Hindi, French, Spanish and German. That's a definite advantage if you're part of a 24/7 global supply chain.
Numerous research and technology initiatives in Ontario support the food sector.
We're doing amazing things in nutritional and agri-food sciences, food safety, packaging, and food production processes and technology. Our universities, colleges, government agencies and industry groups are doing groundbreaking R&D, from functional foods and nutrigenomics to shelf-life improvement and advanced robotics that can help you fully automate your confectionery manufacturing operations, stay competitive and stay ahead.
Nearly half of Canada's full-time R&D personnel are in Ontario. Each year, our private and public sector organizations perform over $14 billion in R&D. This translates into exciting opportunities for you to develop breakthrough concepts and technologies and bring them to North American and other markets.
Numerous research and technology initiatives in Ontario support the food sector. They include:
Investors continue to choose Ontario because they succeed in a thriving and viable market.
It's no surprise that confectionery manufacturers are investing in Ontario, given the advantages that Ontario's low sugar costs and Ontario's cost competitive, business-friendly environment, mature supply chain and transportation infrastructure offer. Investors continue to choose Ontario because they succeed in a thriving and viable market.
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All figures are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted. Information is accurate at the time of publication.