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Sault Ste. Marie meets and often exceeds all of your day-to-day needs in your life. Our community is built on helping others and helping you help yourself.

Discover what is right here in Sault Ste. Marie.In the event of an emergency, dialing 9-1-1 will connect you directly to the City PoliceFire Department and Ambulance.

You can also visit the following websites to read about the duties and importance of the Ontario Provincial Police and The Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Have a question about the law in Sault Ste. Marie? Ask the SSM Police on Twitter!

@Saultpolice

You can also follow the SSM Police on Facebook!

Facebook.com/ssmpolice

Click here to watch our Emergency Services video!

Click here to watch our Shopping video!

Restaurants


Whether you interested in an evening of fine dining or looking for a delicious "to go" meal to bring home to your family, this section will link you to a full listing of all restaurants in Sault Ste. Marie.

Some restaurants in Sault Ste. Marie offer a variety of ethnic dishes including: Chinese, Croatian, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Mexican, Polish, Spanish and Vietnamese.


Grocery Stores

Sault Ste. Marie has many grocery stores conveniently located around the city. The following links will help you find a grocery store near you!


Farmer's Markets


Food Support

The Soup Kitchen is an establishment located in the west end of the city providing three meals a day, everyday. The Soup Kitchen also offers many activities for children and families. This section will bring you directly to their website for more information.
St. Vincent's Place provides food, clothing and shelter for those in need.

Click here to watch our Settlement Services video!



Income and Financial Support

Finding the proper income and financial support is an important step in moving to a new city. This section provides links to information including how to open a bank account and other areas involving your income and finances.

Sault Ste. Marie offers a wide variety of investment and financial services including: bankscredit unions and insurance brokers. This section provides links to these institutions.

Click here to view the current exchange rate.

The Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation offers a business directory on their website which allows you to search local businesses in a variety of sectors and provides you with information, such as contact names and numbers for each business. Click on the link above to search for businesses in Sault Ste. Marie.

Ontario Works

Ontario Works provides financial assistance for individuals and families in need. Along with financial assistance, Ontario Works also offers employment assistance, this section links directly to their website for more information.

Employment Insurance

Employment Insurance (EI) provides, those who qualify, with benefit and financial support upon losing their job. The link above will provide you with specific information about employment insurance.

Disability Support

The Ontario Disability Support Program helps eligible people with disabilities by providing them with services including income and employment supports. The link will provide you with more information about this program.



Shopping

Local Malls

There are four main shopping malls in Sault Ste. Marie. Each mall contains many stores, satisfying your every need by making just one stop. Click on the links to go directly to their websites.


Department Stores

There are a variety of department stores located in our community, with recent big box additions such as Future Shop and Home Depot. It will be easy to find exactly what you need when you come to Sault Ste. Marie. Select the links below to read more about these department stores.

Discount Department Stores


Downtown Association

Explore Sault Ste. Marie's downtown core, and enjoy all of the shops it has to offer!


Transportation

City Transit Services

The City of Sault Ste. Marie has a bus service available to all residents on a daily basis, with regular routes covering most areas of the city. City Transit services also include the wheelchair accessible Parabus.


Taxi Services

There are many taxi companies available to you in Sault Ste. Marie. With one phone call any one of the following companies will pick you up and drive you wherever you want to go. The following links will take you directly to their websites.


International Bridge

Sault Ste. Marie is a twin city with Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Connecting the twin cities is the International Bridge. As an international border crossing, Canadian and U.S. customs and immigration regulations apply to individuals crossing the bridge.

Click here to view border wait times for Sault Ste. Marie.

The following link outlines Canadian border information and services for non-residents visiting, settling in, or doing business with Canada.

The following link outlines border information for Canadian citizens and permanent residents on the Canadian Border Service Agency’s border services.

Car Dealerships

If you are interested in purchasing a vehicle, the following section lists all of the car dealerships in Sault Ste. Marie with direct links to their websites.

The Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation offers a business directory on their website which allows you to search local businesses in a variety of sectors and provides you with information, such as contact names and numbers for each business. Click on the link above to search for businesses in Sault Ste. Marie.

Car Rentals

If you are interested in renting a vehicle, the following section lists all of the car and truck rental companies located in the city with direct links to their websites.


The Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation offers a business directory on their website which allows you to search local businesses in a variety of sectors and provides you with information, such as contact names and numbers for each business. Click on the link above to search for businesses in Sault Ste. Marie.

Airport

Sault Ste. Marie has many air carriers serving the airport including Air Canada JazzPorter Airlines and Bearskin Airlines. There are also weekly winter vacation flights from Sunwing Vacations and Air Transat. Click the airport link to read more about airport fees and services.

Greyhound Bus

The Greyhound bus station has buses running west toward Thunder Bay and Vancouver and east toward Sudbury and Toronto on a daily basis. Click the link above for information about schedules and fees.


Utilities


Electric Companies

Once you have secured your housing arrangements in Sault Ste. Marie, you will need to contact one of the four major hydro-electric companies that serve the residents of Sault Ste. Marie and surrounding area. Direct links to their websites are listed below.


Natural Gas


Phone, Internet and Cable 

There are two major companies offering local telephone, internet and cable service. The links below connect directly to their websites and will provide detailed information about their services.


Cellular Phones

Cell phones serve as a convenient way of keeping in touch with family and friends at all times, and also provide security to individuals in case of an emergency. Below are the cellular phone providers with direct links to their websites for detailed information.



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