Charleston | South Carolina | USA


Charleston | South Carolina | USA is home, workplace and inspiration to more than 830,000 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.

Many different types of 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.


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



local residents have French Canadian ancestry


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

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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.”

Canadian Companies

Aeterna Zentaris50 to 99Specialty biopharmaceutical company commercializing and developing therapeutics and diagnostic tests; North American business & global commercial operations headquarters
BID Group/Comact USA100 to 249Manufacture wood-processing equipment
Chrome Deposit Corp. (CDC Berkeley)50 to 99ISO-certified; Chrome plating and EDT texturing of steel roll
CGI50 to 99Global IT and business consulting including systems engineering and integration
DCL100 to 249Specialty inks, pigments and coatings with numerous applications including the automotive, industrial coatings and engineered plastics markets
Gildan Activewear500 to 999Import and distribution of apparel to mass merchandisers and retailers; Corporate Offices for Retail Business
Hood Packaging Corp.50 to 99Recyclable woven polypropylene packaging manufacturer
Interfor US, Inc. (SC) - Summerville Division100 to 249Lumber mill for one of the world's largest forest products companies; chip and biomass production
Stantec20 to 49Consulting engineering (traffic operations, land planning, landscape architecture and other specialties)
TD Bank N.A.250 to 499Banking & financial services
Source: Charleston Regional Development Alliance, 2024

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