In 1986, the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation (SSMEDC) was established as an independent not-for-profit agency to be the lead organization in the community with respect to economic development.
SSMEDC is your one-stop shop for: what you need to starting or expand your business, finding out about Sault Ste. Marie's economic development plans, strengths and priorities , learning about what to see and do while visiting our area and much, much more.
With its offices located in the Civic Centre, the SSMEDC team is available for consultations, appointments and information. Please call or visit between Monday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST.
SSMEDC has operating divisions with unique functions to carry out its mandate:
Business Sault Ste. Marie
Supports existing businesses and attracts external businesses to create jobs and increase the municipal tax base. It does this by promoting the city's strategic advantages to businesses around the world. The division also focuses on small and youth business support, which would include helping local firms access funding programs for expansion or start up.
Tourism Sault Ste. Marie
Develops tourism-related products and delivers annual marketing activities designed to promote Sault Ste. Marie as a four-season tourist destination; Increases visitation levels to the city through the promotion of vacation packages and take the lead on bidding for and supporting sports tournaments, conferences and conventions that provide significant economic impacts on the community. The division also plays a supportive role in tourism and recreational infrastructure development.