Miramichi: Fertile Ground for Companies Looking to Grow in the Cannabis Industry
4 Feb, 2020
The City of Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada… Growing is in our history and in this new age of legalized cannabis use in Canada, the City is aggressively recruiting companies that want to take advantage of everything it has to offer the cannabis industry.
The City of Miramichi is a dynamic community located in North Eastern New Brunswick, Canada. The City, with a population of approximately 17,800, serves as an industrial, business and retail center for over 50,000 people of the Miramichi region. The municipality is committed to a strategy of economic growth and diversification of its traditional resource-based industries. Miramichi has placed an emphasis on attracting and working with companies in the newly created Canadian cannabis industry. With currently two company large-scale operations under development as well as a growing interest in micro-cultivation licence applicants, the City continues to attract attention for its willingness to provide customized support to companies interested in developing a presence in Miramichi.
The cannabis industry in Canada is growing and the City of Miramichi, with its provincial partner, Opportunities New Brunswick, are ready to help put your company on the map. As a hub of the northeast, Miramichi is ideally suited to new cannabis industries looking to expand or relocate to take advantage of the City’s strategic location. Currently the City’s location within 200 kms of five of New Brunswick’s licenced producers, in addition to the facilities currently under development within the City’s boundaries, makes Miramichi an ideal location for companies within the cannabis cultivation supply chain that want to establish a presence in the province.
Miramichi has multiple transportation system options, so moving your goods to your market becomes easier. Whether it is by air—the City of Miramichi has one of the longest runways in Atlantic Canada at 10,006 feet; by road—we are located at the intersection of Highways 8 and 11, the two major Eastern New Brunswick routes between the South and North of the province; or by rail, the City has the transportation infrastructure to handle your needs.
This City has identified and, where necessary, is in the process of acquiring, the necessary parcels of land to designate as large value-added development properties. These strategic properties are being designated based on the potential needs of sector producers and manufacturers and will be soon available to qualified and approved developers in many sectors. In addition to these parcels, the City of Miramichi’s Chatham Industrial Park location is ideally suited for the location of cannabis support industry clusters. These fully serviced industrial park lots are eligible for the City’s property acquisition program that can assist new business by offering a transfer of ownership at no cost to the business*. The municipality is prepared to have all its departments work together to provide a high level of service to developers who are looking to invest within our city. Also, the City has recently formed a Development Support Committee to assist developers to get their project from concept to construction in a timely and efficient manner. In addition to this, the City has an open and aggressive incentive program that can be tailored to the specific needs of cannabis-related facilities.
The City of Miramichi’s strategic land acquisition program has considered the proximity to the required power supplies, water and sewerage distribution systems and other needs of cannabis developers. When compared to other cities in New Brunswick, the City of Miramichi’s water and sewerage rates are among the lowest in the province. In 2016 and 2018, the City’s water was also judged to be the “best tasting water in Atlantic Canada” by the Atlantic Canada Water and Wastewater Association—a testament to the quality and efficiency of not only our distribution and monitoring systems, but also our employees and management.
The City of Miramichi is aggressively looking to attract both cannabis production and value-added production facilities and has prepared a competitive package that can includes land transfer, subject to conditions and availability, as well as our attractive cash rebate program. In addition, the City’s Department of Economic Development & Tourism staff are prepared to work with prospective companies to source out funding from other levels of government for any new cannabis-related industry proposal.
For more information and to schedule a personalized planning session, contact the City of Miramichi’s Economic Development Officer, Paul R. McGraw at (506) 623-2062 or Paul.McGraw@Miramichi.org .
Miramichi… Come Work in OUR City!
*Subject to conditions