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Burgoyne Bridge at night

St. Catharines is Retail Ready

With more than 9,000 new residential units planned, consumer market demand in St. Catharines has never been higher.

From empty-nesters and big city migrants with disposable incomes to young families and new Canadians with robust and diverse purchasing habits, St. Catharines is attracting the perfect mix of residents and consumers for your business.

A photo collage of businesses and residential developments in St. Catharines

Port Dalhousie

The hidden gem of St. Catharines, this historic waterfront community is steeped in authenticity, heritage and is bustling with activity. Located along the Niagara Wine Route, Port Dalhousie offers dining, shopping and sipping nestled in a quaint neighbourhood. Seeing extraordinary residential development, Port Dalhousie is poised to welcome unique restaurants and retail to support the growing community


Downtown St. Catharines is rich with history, and is a significant cultural and entertainment destination, playing an important strategic role as Niagara’s only Urban Growth Centre. A mix of developments totaling over 3,000 new residential units and trendy retail. Prime office opportunities - nearly 200,000 sq. ft of Class A space available.

Ontario Street Commercial Corridor

The Ontario Street Commercial Corridor is a major arterial road and gateway into the city and downtown St. Catharines, with several large commercial properties and opportunities in a hightraffic area. It is also the location of a significant investment and brownfield redevelopment opportunity at 282 and 285 Ontario Street, a 50-acre site.

West St. Catharines

West St. Catharines has grown tremendously in the past decade. Anchored by a state-of-the-art hospital, the Niagara Health - St. Catharines Site, this area has seen acres of investment including restaurants, big-box retail and residential properties. Significant tenants in this commercial node include Walmart, Real Canadian Superstore, Best Buy, Farm Boy, Michaels, The Brick and more. This neighbourhood is also home to the St. Catharines GO Station.


As a former industrial centre on the Welland Canal, Merritton has undergone a significant amount of change in recent years including street realignments, a bridge replacement, and former brownfield areas being brought to life with new commercial plazas. The area is seeing a significant increase in residential density, to support the 452 businesses employing 4,787 people in the area.

Design District

The Design District includes more than 100 businesses that specialize in home design including flooring and roofing cabinetry, heating and air, home furnishing, appliances and more to service the needs of unprecedented development and construction in the city.

High demand for retail business

New and under-construction residential developments by location and number of units.

Map of St. Catharines showing new and under-construction residential developments.

Ideal Location and Market Place

St. Catharines is on the heel of Ontario’s 6-million strong Golden Horseshoe and is a mere hour away from the GTA itself. Three major U.S. border crossings are only 15 to 30 minutes to the south and east.

Ten million people live within 100 miles (160 km) of St. Catharines and more than 130 million people live within 500 miles (800km).

A map showing Canadian and U.S. cities within 800 kilometres from St. Catharines

Contact Us

Our team of seasoned professionals is here to help you.

Sabrina Maselli

Senior Economic Development Officer

905.688.5601 ext. 1732

Julia Ciolfi

Economic Development Officer

905.688.5601 ext. 1568

Samir Husika

Downtown Development Officer

905.688.5601 ext. 1762

Discover Why St. Catharines Is Your Business Advantage

Contact our team of experts for a consultation today.

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(905) 688-5601