It's more than just the white, granular seasoning that enhances
the flavour of so many foods. Salt is one of the most widely used
minerals on Earth. It's a natural preservative that inhibits the
growth of bacteria, and an essential element in our diet. It helps
regulate our blood pressure and volume, facilitates the transmission
of nerve impulses, and plays a vital role in heart and muscle
We use salt to clear our roadways and stabilize our roadbeds as
well as to maintain the conditioning systems that soften hard
water. We make textiles and chemicals with it. Everything from
aspirin to bar soap to leather shoes! In a single year, Canadians
can use more than ten million tonnes of the stuff. In fact, it's
estimated there are more than 14,000 uses for this marvelous compound.
Shaking up the industry.
It was 1893, in Windsor (Ontario), when three employees of the
Canadian Pacific Railway Company (C.P.R.) began a subsidiary they
called The Windsor Salt Company Limited. Within a few years, the
fledgling operation was sold and became The Canadian Salt Company
Limited. Over the years since, the Company has changed hands at
least twice, but it has remained a leader in modern salt processing
methods, and now it's Canada's largest salt manufacturer.
The Company is engaged in the recovery, processing and sale of
salt, and provides over 200 evaporated and rock salt products
under its well-known Windsor and Safe-T-Salt brand names.
Products made from evaporated salt (salt recovered from brine)
are used in household and food products, as well as for agricultural,
water softening and industrial purposes. Those made from mined
rock salt are also sold to household and industrial markets for
ice control, and to the water softening and general industrial
It will come as no surprise that government agencies are among
the largest users of the Company's products for highway ice control.
The Canadian Salt Company Limited is headquartered in Pointe-Claire
(Québec) and employs some 861 people in its three regional
sales offices, four evaporated salt plants and three rock salt
mines, as well as across its Canada-wide network of warehouses
and salt storage facilities. Its distribution centres are strategically
located to serve Canada's geographically dispersed markets, employing
truck, rail and marine transportation.
Finally, the Company adheres strictly to rigorous industry standards
and, with the latest production and laboratory facilities, ensures
quality salt products for ever-increasing consumer and industrial