The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

2015 Business Count project data now available

WHITBY, ON February 17, 2016

The Regional Municipality of Durham, Planning and Economic Development Department, conducted its fourth 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 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.

From May to August 2015, the Region’s Business Count team visited business establishments, including farm operations, across Durham with the goal of building and maintaining the Region’s comprehensive employment database, as well as updating the Region’s online business directory, The data will also be used for a range of planning and economic development purposes, such as land use studies and growth monitoring.

“The fourth-annual Business Count project was a great success, with more than 12,000 businesses 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 the ways in which we can enhance resources for the region’s many businesses, as we aim to build a stronger local economy.”

Statistics collected during the project indicate that 10,267 businesses employ more than 177,500 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 20 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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