Cornwall is a city in Eastern Ontario, Canada, and the seat of the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. Cornwall is Ontario's easternmost city, located on the Saint Lawrence River in the Quebec City–Windsor Corridor along Ontario Highway 401, and is the urban centre for surrounding communities, including Long Sault and Ingleside to the west, Mohawk Territory of Akwesasne to the south, St. Andrew's and Avonmore to the north, and Glen Walter, Martintown, Apple Hill, Williamstown, and Lancaster to the east.
For many years, Domtar, a pulp and paper company, was a key employer in Cornwall. After 123 years of operation, the Cornwall pulp and paper factory closed in 2006. Cornwall has also historically been a manufacturing center, and industrial sectors continue to employ a significant percentage of the workforce.
Other businesses that employ a considerable number of people include retail, health care and social support, and lodging services.
Reliable labor and low rents have prompted an increasing number of businesses to relocate their logistics operations to Cornwall. According to Cornwall's economic development manager Mark Boileau, fully supplied property in the town costs $30,000 per acre, and the town has no development expenses, representing considerable savings.
With lower corporate taxes, less unionization, and lower salaries, Ontario is regarded as substantially more business-friendly than Quebec. Companies can also avoid Quebec's harsh language restrictions and protectionist attitude toward local firms by locating in Cornwall.
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