The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

2016 Business Count results now available

WHITBY, ON February 21, 2017

In the summer of 2016, The Regional Municipality of Durham’s Planning and Economic Development Department, conducted its fifth Business Count as part of an annual Regional project that gathers employment statistics, and promotes local economic development initiatives. The project surveys local businesses and gathers 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 2016, the Region’s Business Count team visited business establishments, including farm operations, across Durham. The goal of this annual project is to build and maintain the Region’s comprehensive employment database, as well as update the Region’s online business directory, available at The 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 your co-operation in helping make the fifth-annual Business Count project a success,” says Brian Bridgeman, Commissioner of Planning and Economic Development. “The data collected is instrumental in helping us determine the ways in which we can build a stronger local economy. With your co-operation, we were able to reach more than 12,200 businesses across the region.”

Information collected from the 2016 Business Count project indicates that our local businesses employ more than 193,600 people, with 65 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 16 per cent of jobs in Durham Region can be found in the retail sector.

For more information, visit Businesses are encouraged to look for local suppliers by visiting the directory at   

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