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We would like to help you understand why we feel the Rainy River District would be a great business location for you...


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Rainy River District

Experience the riches of the Rainy River District; experience the sun filled summer days, the kaleidoscope of fall colours, the crisp winter mornings, and bursting revival of every spring! The warm, friendly people live in a relaxed and satisfying lifestyle with superb natural treasures, exciting outdoor activities, and great entertainment., making the Rainy River District is a great place to live and raise a family.

New and exciting businesses flourish in this resource based multi-industry area. Abundant renewable resources, a reliable and educated population base, and local and regional markets make the Rainy River District an ideal place to do business.

The character of the local work force allows companies to enjoy productivity that rivals the best in the world. A labour force analysis completed by Paragon Decision Resources, Inc., rated the quality of labour in the area rates as "excellent".   

Town of Fort Frances

The hub of the Rainy River District is the town of Fort Frances. The town is the judicial, medical, and business centre of the area and has the infrastructure to supply the needs of all area businesses, both large and small. Fort Frances offers a secure and stable economic base for your company to begin and prosper. The town offers the advantages of a large city with the convenience of a small town. Fort Frances offers all the amenities desired for a comfortable living; fully serviced land, affordable housing, a developed industrial site and the lowest priced utilities in Northwestern Ontario. 

Canada/US Border Town

Sharing a common border with International Falls, Minnesota offers the Rainy River District the best of two nations. Companies have access to both Canadian and US markets which can be reached daily via air courier, truck services, Highway 11 and the Canadian National Railway. The Rainy River District offers excellent access to the Upper Midwest of the United States and east/west connections to the prairies and Eastern/Southern Ontario.