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Charleston | South Carolina | USA

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Charleston | South Carolina | USA is home, workplace and inspiration to more than 802,000 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-third 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

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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

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Canadian Companies

CompanyEmployeesProduct
AEterna Zentaris50 to 99Specialty biopharmaceutical company commercializing and developing therapeutics and diagnostic tests; North American business & global commercial ops HQ (SC Launch company)
BID Group/Comact USA100 to 249Manufacture wood-processing equipment
Blue Acorn iCi50 to 99Full service digital commerce and strategy agency
CGI50 to 99IT and business consulting including systems engineering
Garda100 to 249Detective & armored car services
Gildan Activewear500 to 999Import and distribution of apparel to mass merchandisers and retailers; Corporate Offices for Retail Business
Gyro Trac (USA) Inc.10 to 19Industrial machinery and equip mfg; mulching & land clearing equipment mfg; North American HQ
Hawthorne Services/WSP250 to 499Aviation fuel services and support of state and federal facilities
Hood Packaging Corp.50 to 99Recyclable woven polypropylene packaging manufacturer
Meridian Brick20 to 49Brick and structural clay tile manufacturing and distribution
Stantec20 to 49Consulting engineering
TD Bank N.A.250 to 499Banking & financial services
WSP USA10 to 19Engineering services
Source: Center for Business Research, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 2020

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