Chemical and Biochemical

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into the Ontario industry

Chemical and Biochemical

Ignite a reaction and mix into the Ontario industry

Global Chemical and Biochemical Industry

A growing market currently at its highest value recorded
The Chemical and Biochemical industry has been a pillar of the global economy. The industry that turns raw materials such as fossil fuels, minerals, metals, and water into thousands of different products is ubiquitous in our modern lives. From pharma to food, plastics to construction, fertilizers to agriculture, its applications are wide-ranging.
In 2021, the global revenue of the Chemical and Biochemical industry amounted to approximately US $4.73 trillion, marking the highest value recorded in the past 15 years. Looking ahead, the industry is projected to experience growth across all segments, with an overall expected industry growth of 1.8 percent by 2024.

Canadian Chemical and Biochemical Industry

A diverse sector serving a vast domestic and international market
The Canadian Chemical and Biochemical industry is one of the country’s largest industries; in 2021, the Chemical and Biochemical industry shipments had a total value of CA $64.4 billion.
The sector’s output is diverse and includes basic chemicals, pharmaceuticals, agricultural chemicals, paints, and adhesives, among other products.
Industrial chemicals accounted for 46% of the total industry in 2021, based on shipments.
As the population grows in Canada, the industry’s growth increases too. Especially after COVID-19, the demand for products in the industry is marked by an increase in domestic manufacturing capacity.
The Canadian Chemical and Biochemical industry has experienced consistent growth in imports and exports. In 2021, imports reached CA $72.9 billion, while exports amounted to CA $41.6 billion.

The United States stands as Canada’s primary trading partner for both imports and exports, with nearly CA $36 billion worth of chemical exports heading southward in 2021. China is the second most significant destination for Canadian chemicals, with exports amounting to CA $1.5 billion.

Canadian Chemical and Biochemical Industry

A diverse sector serving a vast domestic and international market
The Canadian Chemical and Biochemical industry is one of the country’s largest industries; in 2021, the Chemical and Biochemical industry shipments had a total value of CA $64.4 billion. The sector’s output is diverse and includes basic chemicals, pharmaceuticals, agricultural chemicals, paints, and adhesives, among other products. Industrial chemicals accounted for 46% of the total industry in 2021, based on shipments.
The Canadian Chemical and Biochemical industry has experienced consistent growth in imports and exports. In 2021, imports reached CA $72.9 billion, while exports amounted to CA $41.6 billion. The United States stands as Canada's primary trading partner for both imports and exports, with nearly CA $36 billion worth of chemical exports heading southward in 2021. China is the second most significant destination for Canadian chemicals, with exports amounting to CA $1.5 billion.

As the population grows in Canada, the industry’s growth increases too. Especially after COVID-19, the demand for products in the industry is marked by an increase in domestic manufacturing capacity.

Why Choose Ontario
For Chemical and Biochemical

An evolving bio-hybrid cluster with diverse biomass supply
Ontario has the largest Chemical and Biochemical manufacturing sector in Canada, hosting operations from five out of the world's top 10 chemical firms, making it a significant hub for operations in the country. Ontario’s Chemical and Biochemical manufacturing sub-sector produced CA $8.8 billion in gross domestic product (GDP) in 2021, representing 10.8% of the overall manufacturing GDP in the province - or 1.2% of Ontario's total GDP.
 
 

The province is an evolving bio-hybrid cluster, it’s Chemical and Biochemical industry manufactures products that cover the entire value chain - from polymers to alternative fuels, fertilizers to gases and adhesives, and even the components for high-tech fabrics and other goods.

NOVA Chemicals, the first company in the world to access Marcellus basin shale gas liquids as feedstock, has converted its Ontario ethylene cracker to handle up to 100% natural gas liquids. Ontario is also home to the Enbridge Gas Dawn Facility - one of North America's largest integrated natural gas storage facilities.

Most of the activity takes place in three key regions: Sarnia-Lambton, Greater Toronto Area (GTA)/Niagara, and Eastern Ontario.
  • Sarnia-Lampton is renowned as the birthplace of Canada’s Petrochemical Industry, with North America’s first commercial oil well discovered in Oil Springs in 1857. Today, it stands as Canada’s second largest cluster of companies in the petrochemical and refining sector, hosting major multinational players like Exxon-Mobil and Shell. It benefits from a strategic location on the Canada/USA border, boasting excellent logistics infrastructure for efficient transportation of inputs and products via rail, road, water, or pipeline. The area offers significant cost savings and a skilled workforce with the specialized expertise required for the petrochemical and refining industry.
  • Hamilton/Niagara Region is a thriving industrial cluster dominated by steel production, processing, heavy and general manufacturing, storage, and warehousing, the region benefits from well-developed infrastructure that facilitates efficient production and movement of goods.
  • Kingston is already home to chemical companies (e.g., Green Centre Canada, KPM Accelerate) and primary metals (e.g., Novelis). Situated in eastern Ontario, Kingston has a robust academic research capacity, including university-based discovery labs and the Reactor Materials Testing Laboratory. Local innovations in sustainable building materials, advanced polymer composites, graphene, and green chemistry have flourished in Kingston.
Ontario is primed with the right talent for chemical engineering and manufacturing roles. With over 27 universities and colleges awarding degrees and diplomas in Chemical Engineering, Applied Chemistry and Chemical Process and Production, Ontario is completely prepared to contribute to the generation of industry experts.

A cross-section of Ontario’s skilled trades includes:

  • boilermakers
  • boilermaker welders
  • bricklayers
  • carpenters
  • cement masons
  • electricians
  • insulators
  • ironworkers
  • labourers
  • millwrights
  • operator engineers
  • painters
  • pipe fitters
  • pipe welders
  • rodmen
  • sheet-metal workers
Canada’s trade agreements cover markets valued at over US $50 trillion with 1.7 billion consumers. Canada has free trade agreements with the largest manufacturing markets in the world: the United States (USMCA), the European Union (CETA) and Asia-Pacific (CPTPP).
Your business can have access to 187 million consumers within a day’s drive of the Greater Toronto Area. Ontario has 4 international and 300 regional airports, 250,000 km of roads and highways, a dozen border crossings and the 6th most internationally connected airport in the world.

Ontario’s Chemical and Biochemical Industry Facts

1st

largest Canadian Chemical and Biochemical industry

40%

of the country's chemical manufacturing production

60%

contribution to Canada's corn and soy supply

700

chemical manufacturing establishments

$21B

in shipments, 75%
exported globally

14M

cubic metres of wood industry accessible

Ontario's Chemical and Biochemical Industry Facts

1st

largest Canadian Chemical and Biochemical industry

40%

of the country's chemical manufacturing production

60%

contribution to Canada's corn and soy supply

700

chemical manufacturing establishments

$21B

in shipments, 75% exported globally

14M

cubic metres of wood industry accessible

Chemical and Biochemical Funding, Resources and Organizations

Biorefining Research Initiative, Lakehead University (BRI) is a multidisciplinary research institute focused on exploring biorefining topics for the Canadian forest industry.

Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) is the voice of Canada’s Chemical and Biochemical industry, representing more than fifty members and partners across the country.

Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources (ICFAR), Western University is a research facility affiliated with Western University located in Ontario. It specializes in biomass and waste conversion and fluid-coking technologies.

Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy (QIEEP) and Queen’s Sustainable Bioeconomy Centre provides experience in policy regarding energy and the environment. In 2015, their faculty member Dr. McDonald received the Nobel Prize in Physics. The University has supported over 600 SMEs and startups and attracted over CA $620 million in research and development to Kingston, Ontario, since 2013.

Trent Centre for Biomaterials Research (TCBR) is a cutting-edge research program that focuses on developing sustainable biomaterials with a positive impact on the environment and agriculture.

University of Guelph, Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre (BDDC) is an Ontario-based facility that enables industries to collaborate with university researchers in discovering new materials and processing methods.

University of Toronto, Centre for Biocomposites and Biomaterials Processing (CBBP) is conducting a research program to develop energy-efficient lightweight nanomaterials for industrial uses by utilizing natural resources like forests and agro-residues.

Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE), University of Waterloo offers collaboration opportunities for energy R&D, education, training, and commercialization activities.

Environment and Climate Change Canada

is responsible for environmental policies and programs, as well as preserving and enhancing the natural environment and renewable resources. Visit Site

is responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health, which means they are responsible for product safety, drugs and health products, health risks involved in pest control and chemical products. Particularly, Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) is responsible for pesticide regulation in Canada. Visit Site

collaborate with Canadians across various economic sectors and regions to enhance investment conditions, boost innovation, and expand Canada’s global trade share. Visit Site

is dedicated to enhancing Canada’s abundant natural resources sustainably and competitively; they oversee energy efficiency initiatives, minerals and mining efforts, forestry sustainability measures, diversified energy sources (oil, gas, renewables), and more.
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leads the management of Ontario’s Crown lands, water, oil, gas, salt and aggregates resources, including making Crown land available for renewable energy projects. Visit Site

is a company that provides strategic investment and services to businesses developing sustainable technologies. They focus on supporting the transition towards a net-zero carbon economy by investing in emerging companies. Visit Site

has assisted over 100 chemical and materials startups since 2014, helping them raise more than CAD $250 million in funding and creating 300 jobs. Their team of skilled technical professionals and advanced lab facilities can aid in developing your early-stage company’s technology. Visit Site

has – since 2008 – supported start-ups have generated CA $7.1 billion in revenue, contributed CA $11.7 billion to GDP, and employed 22,800 people in 2020. Visit Site

Chemical and Biochemical Companies in Ontario

logo of chemical and biochemical company air liquide
Air Liquide
61 Villarboit Crescent, Vaughan, ON L4K 4R2, Canada
logo of chemical and biochemical company air products
Air Products
2100 Haldimand 3, Nanticoke, ON N0A 1L0, Canada
arlanxeo-logo
Arlanxeo
1265 Vidal St S, Sarnia, ON N0N 1G0, Canada
basf-logo
BASF
845 Wyandotte St W, Windsor, ON N9A 5Y1, Canada
logo of chemical and biochemical company birla carbon
Birla Carbon
755 Parkdale Ave N, Hamilton, ON L8H, Canada
logo of chemical and biochemical company cabot
Cabot
800 Tashmoo Ave, Sarnia, ON N7T 7N4, Canada
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CF Industries
161 Bickford Line, Courtright, ON N0N 1H0, Canada
logo of chemical and biochemical company dupont
DuPont
200 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 1J2, Canada
logo of chemical and biochemical company ecosynthetix
EcoSynthetix
3365 Mainway, Burlington, ON L7M 1A6, Canada
erco-logo
ERCO
335 Carlingview Dr Unit #1, Etobicoke, ON M9W 5G8, Canada
logo of chemical and biochemical company evonik
Evonik
3380 S Service Rd, Burlington, ON L7N 3J5, Canada
imperial-oil-logo
Imperial Oil
1150 Finch Ave W, Toronto, ON M3J 2E4, Canada
logo of chemical and biochemical company ineos styrolution
INEOS Styrolution
872 Tashmoo Ave, Sarnia, ON N0N 1G0, Canada
logo of chemical and biochemical company ingredion
Ingredion
4040 James St, Cardinal, ON K0E 1E0, Canada
logo of chemical and biochemical company invista
Invista
775 Development Dr, Kingston, ON K7M 4W6, Canada
jungbunzlauer-logo
Jungbunzlauer
1555 Elm St, Port Colborne, ON L3K 5V5, Canada
logo of chemical and biochemical company lanxess
Lanxess
25 Erb St, Elmira, ON N3B 3A3, Canada
logo of chemical and biochemical company lcy biosciences
LCY Biosciences
1265 Vidal St S, Sarnia, ON N0N 1G0, Canada
logo of chemical and biochemical company linde
Linde
1 City Centre Dr, Mississauga, ON L5B 2G7, Canada
logo of chemical and biochemical company mancuso
Mancuso
5725 Progress St, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 0C1, Canada
logo of chemical and biochemical company nova chemicals
NOVA Chemicals
785 Petrolia Line, Corunna, ON N0N 1G0, Canada
plains-midstream-logo
Plains Midstream
4300 Matchette Road, Windsor, ON N9C 3Z1, Canada
logo of chemical and biochemical company shell
Shell
130 St Clair Pkwy, Corunna, ON N0N 1G0, Canada
solvay-logo
Solvay
181 Bay St., Toronto, ON M5J 2T3, Canada
logo of chemical and biochemical company suncor
Suncor
2489 N Sheridan Way, Mississauga, ON L5K 1A8, Canada
toda-advanced-materials-logo
Toda Advanced Materials
933 Vidal St S, Sarnia, ON N0N 1G0, Canada
Show Companies
logo of chemical and biochemical company air liquide
Air Liquide
61 Villarboit Crescent, Vaughan, ON L4K 4R2, Canada
logo of chemical and biochemical company air products
Air Products
2100 Haldimand 3, Nanticoke, ON N0A 1L0, Canada
arlanxeo-logo
Arlanxeo
1265 Vidal St S, Sarnia, ON N0N 1G0, Canada
basf-logo
BASF
845 Wyandotte St W, Windsor, ON N9A 5Y1, Canada
logo of chemical and biochemical company birla carbon
Birla Carbon
755 Parkdale Ave N, Hamilton, ON L8H, Canada
logo of chemical and biochemical company cabot
Cabot
800 Tashmoo Ave, Sarnia, ON N7T 7N4, Canada
cf-industries-logo
CF Industries
161 Bickford Line, Courtright, ON N0N 1H0, Canada
logo of chemical and biochemical company dupont
DuPont
200 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 1J2, Canada
logo of chemical and biochemical company ecosynthetix
EcoSynthetix
3365 Mainway, Burlington, ON L7M 1A6, Canada
erco-logo
ERCO
335 Carlingview Dr Unit #1, Etobicoke, ON M9W 5G8, Canada
logo of chemical and biochemical company evonik
Evonik
3380 S Service Rd, Burlington, ON L7N 3J5, Canada
imperial-oil-logo
Imperial Oil
1150 Finch Ave W, Toronto, ON M3J 2E4, Canada
logo of chemical and biochemical company ineos styrolution
INEOS Styrolution
872 Tashmoo Ave, Sarnia, ON N0N 1G0, Canada
logo of chemical and biochemical company ingredion
Ingredion
4040 James St, Cardinal, ON K0E 1E0, Canada
logo of chemical and biochemical company invista
Invista
775 Development Dr, Kingston, ON K7M 4W6, Canada
jungbunzlauer-logo
Jungbunzlauer
1555 Elm St, Port Colborne, ON L3K 5V5, Canada
logo of chemical and biochemical company lanxess
Lanxess
25 Erb St, Elmira, ON N3B 3A3, Canada
logo of chemical and biochemical company lcy biosciences
LCY Biosciences
1265 Vidal St S, Sarnia, ON N0N 1G0, Canada
logo of chemical and biochemical company linde
Linde
1 City Centre Dr, Mississauga, ON L5B 2G7, Canada
logo of chemical and biochemical company mancuso
Mancuso
5725 Progress St, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 0C1, Canada
logo of chemical and biochemical company nova chemicals
NOVA Chemicals
785 Petrolia Line, Corunna, ON N0N 1G0, Canada
plains-midstream-logo
Plains Midstream
4300 Matchette Road, Windsor, ON N9C 3Z1, Canada
logo of chemical and biochemical company shell
Shell
130 St Clair Pkwy, Corunna, ON N0N 1G0, Canada
solvay-logo
Solvay
181 Bay St., Toronto, ON M5J 2T3, Canada
logo of chemical and biochemical company suncor
Suncor
2489 N Sheridan Way, Mississauga, ON L5K 1A8, Canada
toda-advanced-materials-logo
Toda Advanced Materials
933 Vidal St S, Sarnia, ON N0N 1G0, Canada
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