The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Statistics collected from 2013 Business Count project

WHITBY, ON January 22, 2014 – As part of an annual Regional project to gather employment statistics and build a stronger local economy, The Regional Municipality of Durham, Planning and Economic Development Department, conducted its second Business Count–a survey of local businesses that gathered statistics about their operations.

From May to August 2013, the Region's Business Count team visited each and every business establishment in Durham, in order to gather basic information about the type and nature of the business, the number of employees, plans for growth, floor space and location. The goal was to gather information that could be used to update the directory. Additionally, the data will be used for a variety of planning and economic development purposes, such as land use studies and growth monitoring.

"The second-annual Business Count project was a great success, as more than 11,000 businesses were reached across Durham Region," says Alex Georgieff, Commissioner of Planning and Economic Development. "The co-operation of the business community was greatly appreciated, as they are instrumental in helping us determine ways in which we can promote, serve and enhance resources for the region's many unique businesses."

Data collected, during the project, indicates that 8,648 businesses employ almost 156,000 people, with 68 per cent of them being full-time positions. Oshawa reported the largest proportion of both businesses and jobs in the region, and statistics regarding major business sectors show that 24 per cent of businesses in Durham Region are retail, accounting for 21 per cent of the total jobs.

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