Charleston | South Carolina | USA

Canada

Charleston | South Carolina | USA is home, workplace and inspiration to more than 700,000 voices, talents, passions and ideas. three quarters of a million people who are globally connected through trade, technology and travel - and locally engaged to craft a legacy for the future.

Ten Canadian firms operate in the three-county Charleston region, including manufacturing, biopharmaceutical R&D, distribution centers, and headquarters. The region's growing international community includes the following industry leaders:

Strategic Location

With the most productive and efficient seaport in North America, an integrated rail and highway system, and an international airport, Charleston provides seamless connections to the global marketplace. Our central location, roughly halfway between New York and Miami, offers prime access to the U.S. Southeast. Nonstop flights to Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto depart daily from nearby Charlotte and Atlanta international airports, and seasonally from Charleston to Toronto on Porter Airlines.

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More than one-fifth of the U.S. population resides within
500 miles (800 km) of the Charleston region.

YOU’RE IN GOOD COMPANY HERE

2500+

local residents have French Canadian ancestry

8900+

workers in South Carolina are employed by Canadian-based firms

$6+ billion

Canada is a Top 5 trading partner with SC

Source: Charleston Center for Business Research

WHY CANADIAN COMPANIES

CHOOSE CHARLESTON

An international travel destination, Charleston is consistently voted the number one city in the U.S. and number two on the World's Best Cities list by top travel magazines. South Carolina offers a moderate climate year-round. It's geographically diverse, offering an easy drive from the ocean to the mountains in just 3 to 4 hours.

Charleston is renowned for beautiful architecture, award-winning restaurants, arts, culture, and independent shops and boutiques. The Charleston region welcomes thousands of new residents each year — bringing new ideas, diversity and passion to a thriving, international community. Professional hockey, soccer, and baseball teams, college and university teams, and an array of annual races, tennis, and golf tournaments satisfy even the most die-hard sports fans and athletes.

Residents enjoy a lifestyle that strikes the perfect balance between work and play — and a warm climate, culture, food, attractive cost of living, European sensibilities, miles of beaches, diverse housing options, one of the best medical hubs in the Southeast U.S.A., and RBC-affiliated ATMs. Visit Living Here to learn more.

Scott Sharp

Regional Vice President,
TD Bank, South Coast

“Charleston offers considerable opportunities and benefits to our business. TD has long been focused on the role local economies have on small businesses and consumers, and we are dedicated to helping both grow and be successful.”

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION

The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) offers high quality programs of international education to a worldwide community of schools. The IBO, founded in 1968, is a recognized leader in the field of international education. It is a non-profit, mission-driven foundation that works with approximately 4,000 schools to develop and offer challenging programs to more than 829,000 students in 150 countries.

Unlike a national curriculum, IB programmes reflect the best practice of a range of different educational frameworks and curricula. It encourages students to be internationally-minded and to think beyond their immediate environment. IB World Schools in the Charleston Region

Public Schools

Private School

Canadian Companies

CompanyEmployeesProduct
Aeterna Zentaris60Biopharmaceutical company that develops novel treatments in oncology and endocrinology; North American business and global commercial operations
Allied Crawford Steel47Rebar fabrication & steel distribution center
CGI50Systems engineering, computer related
Comact USA100Manufacture handling equipment for the forestry sector
Gildan Activewear230Import and distribution of apparel to mass merchandisers and retailers; retail division administration operations
Gyro Trac (USA) Inc.12Industrial machinery and equip manufacturing; mulching & land clearing equipment manufacturing
InterWrap, Inc.12Manufacture & distribute coated woven products & multi-layer laminated reinforced plastic substrates with applications from packaging to outdoor media
Stantec30Consulting engineering
Streit USA Armoring50Armored sport utility vehicle manufacturing for commercial and civilian use
Source: Center for Business Research, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 10/2015

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