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Invest in Essex

A combine cuts wheat below three turbinesWith its strong agricultural roots, compact urban communities and convenient access to North America's major markets, the Town of Essex presents an attractive investment environment for industrial, commercial and tourism development. Award winning wineries, fertile and productive crop lands, strategic transportation linkages, innovative industries and a willing workforce support our economic diversity.

Our picturesque waterfront wanders along the north shoreline of Lake Erie and has become a popular destination for cyclists, winery tours and agri-tourism events, historic excursions, sport fishing and lakeside activities. A visit to the Canadian Transportation Museum and Heritage Village, the Essex County Steam and Gas Engine Museum and the John R. Park Homestead will help you learn about our rich heritage.

We are undertaking a streetscape improvement plan for Essex Centre, implementing the initiatives identified in our Community Strategic Plan and have approved Community Improvement Plan incentives for Essex Centre and Harrow Centre. Aggressive capital works plans are being completed throughout the Town, all with the goal of maintaining healthy, strong and family-friendly communities. New industrial land is being added to the Official Plan, and commercially zoned properties are ready for development.

We provide a full range of municipal services, active and healthy communities, and wide ranging business opportunities. To help in your decision to invest with us, our economic development office and municipal staff would be pleased to meet with you in confidence to discuss your plans. Contact us for answers to your questions about development opportunities and local development policies and incentives.

Read the Essex Economic Snapshot to learn more about our Town.

Windsor-Essex Region

The Town of Essex is central to the Windsor-Essex region and is strategically positioned near the busiest international border crossing in the world - at the very heart of North America. Find out more about what we have to offer:

  • Buy Windsor-Essex (key sector database)
  • Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island
  • WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation
  • Windsor-Essex: The Most Business-Friendly Community (video)