Port Colborne

Port ColbornePort Colborne has a population just under 18,500. It is located in the Southwestern region of Ontario, about 40 km south of St. Catharines. Like some of the other small towns we studied, the manufacturing and construction industry plays a significant role in this community, employing 28 per cent of the workforce. Plant closures have had an effect on the local economy. However, Port Colborne has been less hard hit by plant closures, with an unemployment rate of 6.7 per cent, which is only slightly higher than the provincial average of 6.1 per cent.

Watch the Town's video or read the full Small Towns: Big Impact Report (pdf) for more information.

Report Highlights

  • OTF invested almost $1.1 million in Port Colborne through 36 community grants from 1995 to 2007. 
  • OTF grantees have engaged 930 volunteers who have contributed nearly 88,500 hours of volunteer time.  This is a volunteer value of just over $1.5 million.