Agri-Food Sector

The Port of Hamilton sits as the foundation for Ontario’s agri-food industry. In the span of 10 years, the port has emerged as the largest export gateway for Ontario-grown grain in the province, becoming an essential link in the region’s agricultural economy. This rapid transition has seen the port shift from its role as primarily a steel port to a much more diversified range of sectors. The agri-food sector has outpaced all others in this growth.

  • Over the last 10 years, agriculture cargo has grown as a proportion of the port’s total tonnage, from 9% (815,000MT) in 2008, to 30% (3,500,000MT) in 2018.

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Meet Our Tenants

The Port of Hamilton is home to four grain export/processing terminals, facilitating the export of Ontario-produced corn, wheat, soybeans, and sugar to markets around the globe:

Other Agri-food Facilities at the Port of Hamilton:

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Our Commitment

  • In the last decade more than $200 million of investments have been made by tenants and the Port of Hamilton towards the agri-food sector.
  • A $16 million investment was announced in 2019 to increase storage capacity for agri-food tenants, contributing to an increasing focus by the port on this $1 billion industry in Hamilton.

The Port of Hamilton is located on the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway, is served by CN and CP railways, and offers direct highway access a short distance from the US border. As the port continues to focus on improving location and transportation efficiency with new investments, the opportunity for agri-food exporters strengthens.

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Port of Oshawa

The Agri-food industry has also seen growth at The Port of Oshawa. A state-of-the-art grain terminal is currently under construction by Sollio Agriculture, and will accommodate storage and shipping in an important farming region.


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