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Our Mission:

To enhance the quality of life for all citizens of St. Thomas by attracting, retaining and growing our industrial business and tourism sectors while fostering entrepreneurship in our community.

The Economic Development Corporation promotes St. Thomas as an attractive location in which to build new ideas by assisting both existing and prospective businesses in the actual process of choosing a location, growing in the community, securing government funding and entering the local market.


The mandate of the EDC includes the management of Railway City Tourism and the Elgin/St. Thomas Small Business Enterprise Centre.

Services include, but are not limited to:

  • Non-monetary assistance to business, industry and local institutions

  • Promotional programs such as advertising, trade shows and travel to target market areas to promote new investment

  • Assist local companies with expansion and modernization programs

  • Land and building site selection information

  • Sale of City and EDC owned land

  • Provision of statistical and market data

  • Product sourcing and potential market identification

  • Assistance with business start-ups

  • Liaison with provincial and federal governments regarding funding, investment and business opportunities

  • Advice and referrals to appropriate civic officials, government offices, institutions and local businesses

  • Consultation and networking with local businesses and industry

  • Marketing and promotion of events and attractions in the City

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