Economy[ edit ] The city developed considerable industry before and after World War II, especially in steel-making. Algoma formerly Algoma Steel; Essar Steel Algoma is the largest single employer, with employees at the main plant and approximately unionized and non-unionized at an adjacent tube mill operated by Tenaris. During the s, the steel and chromium operations were of substantial importance to the war effort in Canada and the United States.
Algoma Steel and the Chromium Mining and Smelting Corporation were key producers for transportation and military machines. It continued to operate under an agreement which terminated on August 15, Mary's Paper, now closed Sault Ste. Marie prospered during the s and '70s, but as imported steel began to compete with domestic production, the local industry began to contract. Since the late s, Algoma has declared bankruptcy twice and laid off large numbers of workers.
Algoma was bailed out by the Ontario government with interest-free loans. The company had a swift turnaround in from its earlier financial troubles of the s. China's increased demand for steel of the past decade has increased the price of steel. Algoma is the most profitable steel company per unit on a global scale. Mary's Paper has been closed and decommissioned, although it was reopened in June and operated for a time under new ownership.
Also related to wood products is Flakeboard Ltd. An adjacent melamine factory manufactures products with Flakeboard's materials. Examples are furniture and cupboards where a finish is added to the product. Together both of Flakeboard's factories employ about people. The Huron Central Railway is important to these local industries as well. The business process outsourcing industry, with two call centres , Agero and Sutherland Global Services located within city limits, employ about people.
The largest employer of the three call centres is Sutherland Global Services. Nucomm previously had a call centre here as well. The call centre industry has become a large employer in Sault Ste. Marie, which contributed to the economic turn around of the city in the late s. The OLG has a corporate office located on the waterfront. It employs a total of about people in Sault Ste.
The prize centre used to be administered in the city but was moved back to Toronto York Mills in Marie is one of only a few cities in Ontario where a municipal bylaw prevents stores from opening on December 26, a Commonwealth holiday known as Boxing Day , and the day after Christmas. Retail stores in Sault Ste. Marie begin their post-Christmas Boxing Day sales on December A municipal referendum to determine whether voters favour allowing stores to open on Boxing Day was held concurrently with the municipal election.
Marie,  and the local Public Utilities Commission collects methane gas from the city's landfill. Marie, Michigan right , with St. Marys River in the background Sault Ste. Marie is served by Highway 17 , which is a segment of the Trans-Canada Highway in the region. The highway connects the city to Thunder Bay to the northwest and Sudbury to the east.
The International Bridge connects downtown Sault Ste. Marie to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan , becoming Interstate 75 on the American side. Interstate 75 continues south to Saginaw , Flint , and Detroit before crossing into Ohio , eventually terminating in Hialeah, Florida , near Miami. Marie's new transport route that runs from the bridge to Second Line. This new limited-access roadway, known as "Carmen's Way" after the late MP Carmen Provenzano , will make it much easier for transport trucks to reach main roads.
The route of Carmen's Way has a wide grassy right-of-way on both sides of the roadway, to facilitate future expansion of its lane capacity. Planning is underway to eventually connect Second Line East to the new four-lane section of Highway 17 that recently opened east of the city.
The city plays an inherited role in marine transportation , with the locks in Michigan being an integral component of the St. The city operates its own small-scale lock which is used by small boats and other pleasure craft in the summer. Also recently opened is a multi-modal terminal designed to take advantage of the Sault as a rail, road, and water transportation hub.
Marie is also served by Sault Ste. Marie Airport and Sault Transit Services. In the city's Member of Parliament , Tony Martin , called for passenger rail service to be reinstated between Sault Ste. Winter activities are also an asset to Sault Ste Marie's tourism industry with the annual Bon Soo Winter Carnival , Searchmont Resort as a great ski and snowboard destination, Stokely Creek Lodge cross country ski resort and Hiawatha a nearby cross country ski trails. The city also hosts a large snowmobile trail system that criss-crosses the province of Ontario.
The city is also home to the Station Mall , one of the largest shopping malls in Northern Ontario.