About Us

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The Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation is a private, independent, not-for-profit corporation that owns and operates the Sault Ste. Marie Airport (CYAM). The Corporation took control of the airport from Transport Canada through the National Airports Policy in 1998. Of the 23 Regional, Local, and Small airports in Ontario, Canada that have been transferred from the Federal Government, YAM is the only airport that is not directly affiliated with a municipality. The Airport provides most of its own services, including emergency response and firefighting, water supply, sanitary sewage treatment, snow removal, vegetation control, and facility maintenance and repair. We have industrial capacity in all of our utilities. All business decisions are carried out by the Board of Directors free of political influence, and with an entrepreneurial philosophy.

Ready, Set, Grow!

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In Sault Ste. Marie, there is a bustling airport community waiting for you. We currently have FBOs, MROs, Flight Training facilities, a College campus, two Ontario Government hangars, and numerous private hangars. We even have a privately operated extreme sports facility! Despite all of this, we are always excited to add members to our Airport Family. We have over a thousand acres available for development; that means plenty of room to start and lots of room for expansion. Plant roots here and we’ll grow together.

Convenience and Cost Savings

Sault Ste. Marie is located at the heart of Canada and the heart of the Great Lakes, which is home to Port Of Algoma (the 4th largest port on the Canadian Great Lakes), CN and CP Class 1 railways, the Trans-Canada Highway, and is only minutes from the international border and I-75. We are at the centre of it all.

But…Why Here?


  • 24/7 aircraft access
  • On-site customs available
  • Two 6000′ X 200′ runways
  • Among the 30 busiest airports in Canada
  • Full perimeter security fence
  • 24 hour security
  • 3 scheduled airlines with daily service
  • 75′ wide taxiways and spacious apron
  • Main runway and associated taxiways refurbished in 2001
  • Airport assisted feasibility study, marketing, and promotion
  • 1700 acres of land available for development
  • Direct access to uncongested border crossing
  • Low cost of living for employees and owners
  • Utilities (sewage, water, power, natural gas)
  • 16KM from city centre
  • Competitive Airport usage fees
  • FFTX Level 6 CL-415 simulator (only one of its kind in the world) to train flight and ground crew located on-property

We’ve Got Skills


Need skilled labour? We thought so.  Sault Ste. Marie is home to Algoma University and Sault College, which is the top ranked college in Ontario, Canada. Sault College is renowned for producing high quality pilots, electrical engineer technologists, GIS specialists, tradespeople, graphic designers, and many others. Algoma University takes students from around the world and puts out cultured, professional business people. In Sault Ste. Marie, skilled labour is always readily available.

You Take Control

As experts in flexibility, we understand that every business has specialized requirements.  We’ll work with you to find the perfect fit so you can find your competitive advantage.

Airside Maintenance and Services

-Movement Area Sweeping

-Grass Maintenance

-Load Bearing Surface Evaluation

-Snow and Ice Removal

-Friction Measurement and Management

Air Navigation Facilities

-Class D Air Traffic Control Zone
-Communications Services
-24/7 ATIS
-RFI (when applicable)

Full Service Fixed Base Operator

-Jet A-1
-Jet A-1 (FSII)
-Ground Handling

Emergency Services and Customs

-Emergency response fire fighting service
up to Category 6 (available upon request)
-Visual Runway Inspection Carried Out Daily
-On-Site international customs available

InvestSSM Link

Visit www.investsaultstemarie.com to access information, data on Sault Ste. Marie’s competitive advantages, opportunities, and key business sectors.

StartUp Sault Ecosystem Infograph

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S.S.M.A.D.C Brochure

Click above to download the Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation’s PDF brochure highlighting the advantages of investing at the Sault Airport.

Meet our Stakeholders
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Meet our Business Development Team

Jason Naccarato
Business Development Expert
Northstar Consulting
C: 705-254-9216