Come and take advantage of Montreal’s new beltway, I-30. This new infrastructure changes the dynamic of distribution networks in the Northeast. Along the Saint-Lawrence River, south west of Montreal, the geographical location of the Upper Saint-Lawrence Valley territory (the “Hub-30”) is at the centre of the continental flow of goods and the corridor of trade for Quebec - Ontario and the United States. It reaches 135 million consumers in a radius of 1000 km (less than one day by truck) meaning 40 of the population of North America. The new free trade agreement between Canada and Europe will leverage further this strategic location.
The Hub-30 is also characterized by an efficient multimodal infrastructure. The presence of Montreal International Airport, multiple highways and access roads, the Port of Montreal, the Port of Valleyfield, the Port area of Sainte-Catherine and a well-developed railway network of three Class 1 railroad companies, CSX, CN and CP, allow multiple service levels in almost all of our industrial facilities at competitive prices. In Valleyfield, CSX is investing $100 million in a new container hub, part of its network improvement throughout the Northeast.
Hub-30 benefits from different, abundant hydroelectric energy sources, the availability of a broad range of services, including: access to quantities of industrial water (non-treated and treated), access to a natural gas network, an electrical 25 and 120 KW grid and the availability of alternative energy sources including hot water, steam and hydrogen. There is a strong presence of large industrial companies and a wide-range subcontractor network.
The great availability of land at competitive prices and conditions - we have an inventory of more than 62 million square feet of industrial land available - the proximity of markets and the availability of labour are just some of the positive factors that the Hub-30 offers. A dynamic socio-economic fabric, in a growth-oriented sustainable development context, aims to implement projects that will allow a maximum potential for development.
According to a recent study, the region offers the lowest operating costs for business, the lowest cost for office and industrial space and the most competitive tax rate in North America. Professional training centres (PTC) as well as the Valleyfield College provide training facilities for the development and improvement of the labour force established in Upper Saint-Lawrence Valley territory. These facilities offer diverse programs to fill the needs of the labour market required by the arrival of many industries.