The District offers entrepreneurs the unique opportunity to take advantage of expanding markets in both Canada and the United States. International ports of entry located in the Town of Fort Frances and Rainy River offer quick access to US markets.
The District is home to major industries producing a variety of wood related products, from paper to oriented strand board, to custom cabinetry.
West of Fort Frances production in the agricultural community includes dairy products, cow-calf operations and grain production. At the centre of the District, the Emo Agriculture research station assists with development of new crops and cultivars.
There are 230 agricultural producers in the district, the vast majority being beef, mostly cow/calf, producers. There are about a dozen dairy farms and a few others raising elk, bison, hogs, honey and market garden produce. Most farm families have at least one member earning off-farm income.
Many communities offer financial incentives for new business development and expansion. Your business may be eligible for senior government grants or loan assistance.
Sharing a common border with Minnesota offers the entrepreneurs in the Rainy River District the very best of two nations. Companies have access to both Canadian and US markets which can be reached daily via air courier, truck services, Highway 11 and the Canadian National Railway. The Rainy River District offers excellent access to the Upper Midwest of the United States and East/West connections to the prairies and Eastern/Southern Ontario.
The Rainy River Future Development Corporation provides support and information for entrepreneurs, business owners, and new business wishing to locate to Fort Frances or the Region.
Information on farming in the District can be found at www.rainyrivervalley.ca.