Imagine a community where innovative thinking, idea design, technology literacy and a pioneering spirit is the backbone of local commerce and skills development. Where main street retailers have the skills to thrive in a digital shopping era and have the support of the community as they try new ideas. Our small businesses in the energy sector and other technical sectors could enjoy better access to the skills they need to grow. Port Elgin, on the shores of Lake Huron in Bruce County, is that community of the future. By mobilizing the creative thinkers and resources that live here and exist here today, we are energizing innovation locally for a brighter future.
Port Elgin is about two hours from Canada's largest population centre and one minute from the beaches and sunsets of Lake Huron. Access is simple - choose any one of five highways and the U.S. border crossing into Michigan is less than two hours south. While the trails and wonders of the Bruce Peninsula are only a short drive or hike away. Extensive pleasure boat moorings and a local airport serving personal air travel are also central to the municipality.
While the clean energy sector centres Port Elgin's local economic vitality for retail, it also creates ripples of activity across a diverse range of industries such as engineering, agri-food production, construction, and other sectors. The workforce is well-educated, household incomes are above average, and an estimated 1,000+ businesses in Saugeen Shores represents a very strong small-to-medium-sized enterprise environment. Local business associations - like the Chamber and BIA - provide welcoming support and the community itself is very open to new ideas and businesses.
Visit the Saugeen Shores Townfolio page to see more about their economy.
Saugeen Shores is home to over 13,700 year round residents, with 7,800 of those residents calling Port Elgin Home. Port Elgin is Bruce County’s Boardwalk - a vibrant town with plenty of options to dine, shop or have a celebratory night out. The age demographics for Port Elgin reflect a younger, up-and-coming community with 84% of residents being pre-retirement age. This population has seen a steady increase since 2001. Fifty-one present of Saugeen Shores residents earn an average annual household income of over $80,000. A busy highway passes through thriving downtown Port Elgin, bringing visitors through the town on their way to the beautiful beach or to other amazing destinations in Bruce County.
The beach and boardwalk lifestyle of Port Elgin in the spring, summer and fall gives way to a rich and active outdoor playground all winter long. Shopping, restaurants, sports teams for children and adults alike, bike and cross-country ski trails - this is a community that keeps moving. Healthcare is easily accessible and the municipality offers a wide range of community services. Every well-rounded day you spend here can include beach time, a harbour visit, gathering with friends for organized sports and recreation and then off to your favourite restaurant. The true beauty of Port Elgin is that you don't have to sacrifice anything to get everything.
Very active BIA and Chamber of Commerce business networks and support.
A young population means schools and family programs are well-structured and collaborative.
Library services, proximity to culture (Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre) and numerous community/arts groups means there's always something to do outside of beach time.
Port Elgin is nestled in a strip of communities which are easily accessed for even more variety and opportunity.
Healthcare is local, professional and available - for the whole family.
If you're intrigued by the possibilities of opening or expanding a business in Bruce County -
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