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Wawa’s Advantages

Having a population of around 3000 makes Wawa a very quaint place. However, we have a number of competitive advantages not available in many other northern locations that can benefit all types of businesses.

Transportation

Wawa has a well integrated transportation infrastructure served by multi-lane provincial highways (Hwy 101), access to  rail within a twenty minute drive and a local municipal airport.

Shipping Harbour

One of only a handful of deep water shipping harbours located on Lake Superior, Michipicoten Harbour will open doors to markets across the globe in the near future. Shipping is about one-third the cost of transporting by truck, offering a competitive advantage to industry.

Access to Market

Wawa is strategically located in the centre to Ontario’s forestry and mining industries. It is also located within two hours of the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge, an uncongested border entrance into the United States providing easy access for shipments.

Wawa Area Distance Map

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Low Union Presence

Wawa’s labour force has shown a low rate of unionization in its industrial workforce.

Ethnicity Profile

Wawa has a very diverse population with strong European roots and a prevalent Francophone and First Nation population. Approximately 20% of Wawa’s population has identified themselves as French-speaking.

Educated Workforce

Approximately one-quarter of Wawa’s population over the age of 15 years has obtained a post-secondary or other non-university diploma, compared to the provincial rate of 18% (2006 Census).

Low-Cost Labour

Wawa has lower average wage rates in most labour categories when compared to Thunder Bay or Toronto (2006 Census).

Low-Cost Land & Taxes

Wawa’s Industrial Park has newly developed industrial lots with very negotiable financing terms. Compared to Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay, Wawa has lower industrial tax rates.

Unique Incentive Programs

There is a variety of funding programs for businesses locating in Northern Ontario and Wawa that is unavailable elsewhere.

Services & Support

Wawa has a variety of local economic development agencies with highly skilled professionals eager to assist your business growth in today’s competitive market. These include the EDCW, Superior East Community Futures, Ministry of Northern Development & Mines, Ministry of Natural Resources and Municipality of Wawa.