The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

New data from the 2014 Business Count project

WHITBY, ON March 09, 2015

The Regional Municipality of Durham, Planning and Economic Development Department, conducted its third Business Count as part of an annual Regional project to gather employment statistics, and promote local economic development initiatives. The project was comprised of a comprehensive survey of local businesses that gathered data about business operations, including the type and nature of the business, the number of employees, plans for growth, floor space and location.

The Region’s Business Count team visited business establishments across Durham, from May to August 2014, with the goal of building and maintaining the Region’s comprehensive employment database. It is used to update the Region’s online business directory, data will also be used for a range of planning and economic development purposes, such as land use studies and growth monitoring.

“Thank you to the business community in Durham for their co-operation in helping make the third-annual Business Count project a great success,” says Alex Georgieff, Commissioner of Planning and Economic Development. “With more than 11,200 businesses surveyed across Durham, the data collected will allow us to determine the ways in which we can enhance resources for the region’s many businesses and build a stronger local economy.”

Statistics collected during the project indicate that 9,870 businesses employ more than 170,000 people, with 67 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 21 per cent of jobs in Durham are in the retail sector.

For more information, please visit Businesses are encouraged to look at local supply chains by visiting the directory at

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