Gillies Township was settled in the 1800s when silver deposits were discovered in the area. Since then, the local economy of Gillies Township has diversified significantly to include forestry, farming, manufacturing, construction and various service businesses.
Gillies Township currently supports a number of thriving businesses, including the Rose Valley Lodge, Dreamfields Riding Centre and St. Urho’s Golf Course. Other businesses, like Green Acre Variety Store and Gas Station, the Farmers’ Mercantile and Gift Gallery and Mitchell’s Autobody, service mainly area residents.Thanks to the arrival of high-speed internet, many home-based businesses are now also filling niches such as market-garden farms, a stone-oven bakery, a web design firm and an alternative energy systems supplier, among numerous others.
Gillies Township offers many benefits as a potential location for business investment. Commercial and industrial taxes are the lowest in the region. The Township and the surrounding area are home to skilled trades people and a steady supply of post-secondary graduates. Close to the geographic centre of Canada and the US border, and accessible by rail, air, the Trans-Canada Highway and the Lake Superior shipping lanes, Gillies Township presents a great opportunity for investors and has been identified as a prime location for the manufacturing of value-added wood products.
The Reeve and Council of Gillies Township are dedicated to growing their community.New programs are in place to assist individuals wishing to start their own businesses and businesses wishing to expand. The Gillies and Area Business Association works closely with the Township, providing a networking forum, supporting new business and lobbying at all levels of government on behalf of their constituents. Contact us today to learn more.