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A History Steeped in Industry.

As the first incorporated city in Canada, Saint John began as an early point of trade and defence for Acadia. In the late 1800s, the city had become a global shipbuilding hub, famously building and launching the Marco Polo. The site of the first Canadian labour union and the invention of the automated steam foghorn were more of Saint John's early industrial achievements. All of these activities and more laid the groundwork for what would become an industrial centre of excellence! 
 *photo credit: Wm. Notman & Son, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons


An Industrial Centre of Excellence.

Fast forward to the present. Saint John is a perfect city to set up your industrial-based operations. With a large expansion to the port facility, expanded rail, excellent highway infrastructure, and nearby airport facilities, all the major import/export modalities are represented in Saint John, making it a true international player.

Boasting a large and unique ecosystem of industrial based companies, Saint John is home to Canada’s largest oil refinery, a large industrial barge facility, dry dock, and so much more. A true industrial centre of excellence, Saint John is also part of a blue and green revolution.

Wind power projects are in progress and the city is situated in a province which gets much of its energy from blue and green sources. With plenty of land to be customized to your needs, Saint John Industrial can make setting up your operations in the city a breeze.



Distance to Port of Saint John is an average of 10 km from key industrial areas within Saint John. Distance to Highway 1 is between 0.5 and 5.5 km from key industrial zones.

Port Saint John Modernization

The Port of Saint John expansion project ($205 million) is significantly expanding the Port’s capacity and capabilities in positioning Saint John as an important part of the Atlantic Gateway.

Land for Development

Not only does Saint John have plenty of land for industrial development, it has Saint John Industrial to help clients customize plots of land to the exact sizing and requirements for their operations. Perfectly customized land solutions are what SJI offers!

All Points

Saint John is positioned just 125 km from the USA border and just 145 km from Moncton, NB. The city is perfectly positioned to import/export for all points Canada, USA, and International.

Energy for the Future

With a brand-new wind farm project in production in west Saint John and a good portion of New Brunswick energy coming from both green and blue sources, Saint John offers a greener solution for industrial operations that want to lower their carbon footprint.

Big Players

Saint John is home to hundreds of unique and in some cases large industrial companies. Multi-million and multi-billion-dollar players have operations and head offices in Saint John, NB. Irving Oil, J.D. Irving Limited, Lorneville Mechanical, and Source Atlantic, just to name a few.

Port Saint John

Connected with over 500 ports worldwide. Regular container calls from CMA CGM, MSC, and Hapag-Llyod and to class 1 rail lines, CN, CP, and CSX. Average annual cargo handling of 28-million metric tonnes.

Large-Scale Barge Facility

Spruce Lake Industrial Park is home to a large-scale barge facility. This facility features a large barge docking area with a large-scale wide/heavy duty roadway that connects to Spruce Lake Park and has 1 km access to major highways.

A Great Place to Live

With its key location in the heart of the Bay of Fundy, Saint John is not only a great place to do business, but it is also a fantastic place to live, work and play. Click here to explore Saint John and beyond.





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