Business Support Services

There are many Business Support Services dedicated to helping manufacturers in the Niagara region to grow and succeed.  Scroll through the headings below and click the link(s) to find out more.

Economic Development


St. Catharines Economic Development
The Economic Development division is responsible for the attraction of new businesses to St. Catharines, as well as encouraging the expansion and retention of existing businesses within the community.

Niagara Falls Business Development Department
A facilitator between the private sector and various levels of government, the BDD provides an effective resource centre where  businesses may find support and assistance.
The WDC actively recruits new businesses and industries interested in establishing or expanding their enterprises in the City, as well as building working relationships with local businesses.
Fort Erie Economic Development and Tourism Corporation
The EDTC's core objectives are fostering growth in industrial, commercial, and tourism investment that generate the most potential for jobs, employment spin-offs and overall wealth creation.
Port Colborne Economic Development
The department assists companies and entrepreneurs with locating or expanding in the municipality. It also assists businesses in expanding their market base, identifying available properties, and in accessing research, development, and capital funding. Staff also acts as a liaison between the business community and government offices and departments.


Niagara Economic Development
NED promotes Niagara on a global scale and works in partnership with the region's twelve municipalities to provide effective, innovative services that encourage investment in and travel to the region, along with business support services to attract, maintain and increase jobs in Niagara.

Niagara Site Finder
Find optimal business locations in the Niagara region using powerful real estate search, demographic analysis, industry reports, and dynamic mapping tools.


Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth
The ministry delivers a range of programs, services and tools to help businesses innovate and compete in today’s fast-changing global economy, including business support and youth entrepreneurship programs, strategic investments and international trade and export expertise.


Niagara Foreign Trade Zone
The Niagara region has been formally designated as a foreign trade zone (FTZ) point. The Niagara FTZ Point, the first one established in Ontario, promotes the usage of federal and provincial programs that support export development.

Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev)
FedDev Ontario works with the region’s communities, businesses and not-for-profit organizations to actively promote the region and build a strong foundation of partnerships and relationships to secure Canada's long-term prosperity. 

Industry Canada 
Industry Canada works with Canadians in all areas of the economy and in all parts of the country to improve conditions for investment, enhance Canada's innovation performance, increase Canada's share of global trade and build a fair, efficient and competitive marketplace.

Export Development Canada (EDC) 
Export Development Canada is Canada’s export credit agency, offering financial and risk management solutions to help Canadian businesses expand into the U.S. and other international markets. 

Manufacturing Associations

Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association (APMA)
APMA's fundamental objective is to promote the O.E. automotive supply manufacturing industry both domestically and internationally. The Association provides important representation to both Federal and Provincial Governments, supports regional government initiatives and creates and executes global marketing initiatives in order to develop trade and business opportunities for the membership.

Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME)
CME focuses on manufacturing competitiveness, US business, international markets, people and skills, energy, and the environment. 

Canadian Tooling & Manufacturing Association (CTMA)
The CTMA represents and promotes the interests of the Canadian tooling and machining industry, nationally and internationally.

Workplace Safety

Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS)
Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) is a leader in providing impactful risk management solutions that drive lasting business success for our customers. WSPS offers unparalleled health & safety expertise, insight and solutions for creating healthy work environments where employees thrive and businesses prosper.
Workplace Safety Group helps companies achieve sustainable workplace health and safety through safety training, consulting, and SafeWork Summits.

Research & Development

National Research Council of Canada - Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP)
NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) provides financial support to qualified small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada to help them undertake technology innovation.

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)
OCE's mission is to accelerate innovation through game-changing research leading to successful commercialization and vibrant collaboration between industry and academia, launching the next generation of products and jobs.

Small Business Support

Innovate Niagara
Innovate Niagara is a one-stop shop for leaders of developing businesses in innovative clusters, providing critical services to entrepreneurs within the Niagara Region

St. Catharines Enterprise Centre
Provides information and advice for starting and growing small businesses.  Services include: Business Consultations, Research Assistance, Events and Seminars and Start-up Business Program.

Niagara Falls Small Business Enterprise Centre
A non-profit organization providing information and advice on starting or expanding a new business. Clients are served through personal consultations, seminars, workshops, business plan review, market research assistance, and information requests.

Niagara College Business Development Centre
Business Development Centre offers new business owners a variety of business-related resources along with training, coaching and networking opportunities.

Venture Niagara Community Futures Dvelopment Corporation
Venture Niagara invests in small and medium size businesses and carries out community development projects across rural Niagara

Training & Employment 

Niagara Workforce Planning Board (NWPB)
Serves the Niagara region as a leader in local labour market planning, delivering authoritative research, identifying employment trends, targeting workforce opportunities and bringing people together to action solutions. 

Niagara College Employment and Training Solutions
Helps business owners attract and retain the right employees.